The Tullibee or Northern Cisco is a streamlined, silvery fish with grayish fins and 36–50 gill rakers (usually 43). The Tullibee is the most common species of whitefish in our area. They occur in many of the deep, cold lakes of the north, as well as in the Great Lakes. They are often targeted in the wintertime, by fishing over mud flats with flashers and waxworms. Tullibees form an important part of the diet of all large predators wherever they are found. And as for taste, smoked tullibees cannot be beat.
Other Names: Tullibee, Grayback Tullibee, Cisco, Northern Cisco, Common Cisco, Shallow-Water Cisco, Great Lakes Cisco, Herring, Freshwater Herring, Lake Herring, Sand Herring, Chub, Grayback, Grayback Herring
The OJibwe call this fish Okahawis.