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aquafang

Anyone catching any tullibees? I am going to make a trip over there to try for some of those stinky things. I hear they bite good around late ice. has anything started yet?

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Gissert

I am heading over to Otter Tail in a little bit to chase some perch. If I find a tulllie bite, I'll let you know.

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Gissert

Fished the lake for a few hours this morning. Scratched out some perch, but did not notice any 'bees.

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Ufatz

Can somebody 'splain to me what a Tullibee is and why anybody would want to catch one? Seems to me they rank right up there with Tillapia as a sport fish. I was persuaded one time to try to eat Tillapia and I still start gagging just thinking about it. Had to dash out and rinse my mouth with a bowl of lutefisk and Cheerios! Wheeww!!

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Gissert

Tullibee is basically a forage food for pike, muskies, and big walleyes. Some people refer to them as ciscoes. They really stink coming out of the lake, too. They are a very oily fish, and are fun to catch.

That said, something magical happens when you gill and gut them, brine them up, and let them spend a little time in a smoker.

Fabulous eating.

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Ufatz

Well hell, I guess I didn't know they were Ciscos..sorta like fresh water smelt. Used to get smelt by the billion along the West coast. You're right about smokin' 'em up. Not quite as good as Alaska King salmon smoked over alder chips, but at least more edible than tillapia.

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Big Country

Just got back this evening from the Vining area. Tulli bite is slow to non existent. Before going I had heard that Molly Stark was producing. My long time friend who lives in the area said he tried Molly twice and got three one day then nothing the other. Fish were very small also. With the warm weather coming, the local lakes would have to start popping one would think. BC

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