DNR Q & A: Tullibee: salmon and trout’s less glamorous cousin

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:


Q. After reading the story Refuge for Tullibees in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, I’m wondering whether tullibees are related to shiners like the ones commonly sold for bait.​

A. No, they are not related. They do look alike (large scales and a silvery body), but shiners are a warmwater fish in the cyprinid family. Tullibees are a coldwater fish in the salmonid family, which includes trout and salmon. This is why tullibees are particularly vulnerable to changes in water temperature and dissolved oxygen during the summer months.

— Pete Jacobson, DNR fisheries research supervisor



For more information, call the DNR information line at 296-6157 or go to the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

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