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I have been fishing upper red for about the last 5 years and I keep hearing about these white fish. Is a white fish the same as a sheephead? If not I have never caught or seen one of these white fish. What is a whitefish?

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Whitefish is a mix breed between a sauger/sucker.. (a 4 pound shinner)large scales and relatively fun to catch. They tend to stay in deeper water about 4' below the ice. The fillet tends to be too oily, however a Canadian fisherman's Delicacy when smoked. (many thin bones.)
there is a pic at this linkhttp://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/fishing/index.html

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bottom bouncer...

A tulibee is not a cross between a sauger
and a sucker.

They are members of the Whitefish family
and they are called Tulibee or Lake Herring
or even Ciscos.

You are right in the fact that they look
like giant shiner minnows. They are the
shape of a shiner minnow. They are not at
all like sheephead. More like a very silver
and very tall trout.

Good to eat when smoked. Scrappy fighters too.

Curt Quesnell

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I just came back from Lake of the Woods on Saturday. My dad caught a 5# 7oz. Whitefish. I took a picture of it with my digital Camera. if you would like to see what they look like, give me your email address and I will forward it to you.

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HELP! I'd like to catch a pile of whitefish this coming weekend. I'm not all that portable so I'm setting up for crappies and will try to take the passing whitefish from there.

How far below the ice? And, what should I have on my hook?

PS Fillet them, remove the bones & red colored meat from the skin side, dip em' in milk, roll em' in cornmeal, fry to a golden brown and enjoy. Not greasy - not bony - just good!

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I heard from outsider that the whitefish had a kill off this summer. I think there are still a few out there. Last year we caught a few out in 15 feet fishing for crappie, but the guys trying for them were in shallower water.

Clueless - -

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Hey, curt quesnell
We both realize that the "whitefish" is no prize winner nor anything proud to catch or eat. rolleyes.gif
Keep jiggin;monster pike or crappies has been more customary on Red, however keeping the wallyes OFF the line is another task.

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Curt & all,

1) Correct: Whitefish aren't a cross between a sauger and a sucker; an unlikely scenario since the two don't belong to the same family (Percidae & Catostomidae, respectively)

2) Whitefish are in the family Salmonidae (trout & salmon), and the subfamily Coregoninae (includes whitefish & ciscos)

3) "Lake herring" & "tullibee" are other names for Ciscos (Corregonus artedii), and are not the same as whitefish (Corregonus clupeaformis).

4) THEY'RE TASTY SMOKED! My old college advisor used to do age & growth research on w

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