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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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    • leech~~
      Well that gets you out of making lunch, but not getting unstuck! 😊
    • Wanderer
      You got that right!  I don’t fish Vermillion but have always liked reading the posts.  Log in issues or not, I hope he decides to get back in the swing of things here.   Again, not a big V fisherman but I’m gonna check my calendar for the weekend of the kids event and maybe throw my hat in to help if I can.  I can at least get some lines wet if pointed in the right direction.
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      Where?  Just so I can help next time? 😁
    • AlwaysFishing23
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      Thanks for the shout out; glad to help!  I was heading back out to jump start my brothers diesel and saw you get stuck.  Needed to get my bro’s truck going first.  Saw you were in the same spot and knew a little help would go a long way in that rutted mess out there.   You had a good catch for the afternoon. 😎  We were in that area Friday night but after the bite was over.  Got some but not that good.  Had a nice evening crappie bite to the east last night.  A few pike this morning before pulling up stakes.     Gonna head north I think tomorrow.  But it sounds like I’m the only one willing to brave the weather.
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