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INCONNU (NELMA OR SHEEFISH)

Hunting, shooting, fishing for Inconnu (nelma or sheefish)

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Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing


Swimming through ice cold water, through fisheries pulsing with life from the Arctic Ocean, the inconnu, an unsuspecting looking white fish searches for food.

Inconnu, also known as nelma or sheefish around the world preys on small baitfish as an adult and is a favourite fish of northern, Arctic waters.

Because they are a member of the salmonidae family, cool, clean water is an absolute must-have for Inconnu.

Fishing for them through the ice or battling the blusterous elements with a fly rod or spinning tackle is a true adventure few people have had a chance to enjoy.

With populations only in the Yukon Basin, Mackenzie River, White Sea basin and throughout Siberia, they don't make it easy to get to them. Those that have can tell big tales of animal sightings, spectacular nature and warm, friendly locals. Inconnu has a typical whitefish meat that is mild and savory- a favourite dish among the locals.

It is well worth the bushwhacking to rivers and lakes holding large populations of this elongated white fish.

Basic Info


Scientific name: Stenodus leucichthys

Size: 70 – 75 cm

Weight: 40 kg

Lifespan: 22 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing

Continent(s): Wide spread in the Arctic rivers