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mad trapper

What are tully's?

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mad trapper

I'm coming up to Star later this month and have been reading the postings on tullibies. What are they, how and where do you catch them and are they good eatin? Thanks

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Havin' Fun

Tullibee is a cold water fish. They typically are found where water quality is good, and the depth of the water is sufficient to keep them cold and well oxygenated!

Fishing? I've only fished them in the early spring/late ice. I do know some people have fished them on open water though. I would expect fall and spring to be your best bets as they will really suspend(need a vexilar). 1/32 or 1/64 oz jigs attached to a flasher(silver spoon) are my techniques. Tip the jig with a waxie. I usually use about a 12-20 inch leader connecting the jig to the spoon.

Taste? I like em smoked. They are essentially the same as a whitefish, so if you've ever had that smoked in a restaurant...than you will enjoy this. Smoked tullibee with a cold beer and a cracker? Yumm!

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BarTender

I've cought them in the summer, they serfice all the time after bugs and suspended minnows. You can throw white flies at them, or small crappie jigs with a crappie minnow. The key is to throw the jigs to where they serfice. most that I catch are about 2#.

I never really got into them this way, but when you do,they are fun on an ultralight.

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IFallsRon

Tullibee is another name for ciscoe. It is also known as blueback, freshwater herring and lake herring.

They typically live 3-4 years and grow to two pounds. The Minnesota record is 4 lbs., 3 ozs, caught in Big Sandy.

They are great smoked and are similiar to a whitefish.

They're basic function is to provide forage for larger lake trout and pike.

They have small mouths and will steal your bait before you can set the hook. We used to catch them where rivers ran into the north side of Rainy Lake.

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