White Bass - Do you eat them & How?

11/26/15 @ 6:55 AM
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Rikkus
Rikkus
USER since 12/4/11
I am relocating to the Green Bay/Appleton Area and will be fishing Poygan & Winnebago for the first time. I am getting some mixed feedback from some friends. More are saying that they would not keep or eat White Bass. A couple say they you have to clean them right, (just keep above the blood line.) So, Yea or Nay on keeping & Eating? Any tips on cooking White Bass. Thx
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11/29/15 @ 5:07 AM
A5¢
A5¢
MEMBER since 6/15/09
Sheepshead are the same way. All fish should be put on ice in the boat. Not left swimming around in a live well in 80° water for the entire day, then put on ice to get them home. That's why I insulated one of my live wells with 2" foam insulation. A cooler full of ice to top them off every so often keeps fish nice and cold. The insulation is form fitted, so I can remove it and clean things up.

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11/28/15 @ 5:35 PM
Duke M
Duke M
USER since 1/12/09
I've eaten them deep fried after trimming the red fatty flesh and they were fine. I really like them canned as a tuna substitute and even better is to brine the fillets over night with the skin and scales still on. In the morning rinse the fillets very thoroughly. Then smoke the fillets for only 45 minutes at 180 degrees or so. The skin will just peel off and you can scrape off the red with a table knife. Then can the smoked fillets and you have delicious canned smoked fish you can use for lots of things, pate' in particular.

Duke

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11/28/15 @ 4:58 PM
Badgerloader
Badgerloader
USER since 4/10/11
Grandad: AGREED

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11/28/15 @ 4:48 PM
GRANDAD
GRANDAD
USER since 6/1/09
I do not know how some people keep their fish after they are caught,but NEVER in my life have I seen a MUSHY White Bass!Kept in a cooler with ice and filet properly above the blood line they are firm ,white and delicious!I soak mine over nite in lightly salted water,then cook right away or freeze,they are good for months!Grandad!

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11/28/15 @ 10:30 AM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01
We've had a number of threads on this topic over the years. Since I don't often start new threads I'll slightly change fish species...

Grinnel.

Anyone eat them in WI?

We've had threads that have gone away. The consensus had=s been that nobody in WI eats them. My experience has been that the flesh turns VERY ,mushy in a hurry. Like the texture of Vaseline.

A couple days ago I'm spending some time on FB jumping from post to post,unknown poster's stuff,whatever seems interesting...and here's this woman and her boyfriend in the bootheel area of MS. They apparently fish a lot...There's a pic of him holding a "Big grinnel". I recognize the fish but not the name....later on I see a pic of "fried grinnel. Yum."....so I do a google search and find it's eaten quite a bit in the south and considered a prime eating fish. There's articles and even whole websites to catching them and pages and pages of recipes.

Here I often see them left bankside to rot.

There's a ton of names for them - many are variations of the Choctaw name for them,pronounced shoe-pik. Lots of different French spelling s of that...Grinnel or grinner..

And Bowfin or dogfish

Yum?

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11/28/15 @ 8:30 AM
nubbz07
nubbz07
USER since 12/31/09
I keep and eat a lot of whites from bago. but only when the water is less than 50 deg. seems above 50 they get mushy. only use the meat above the lateral line and don't fillet too close to the skin. make sure all the fatty red meat is removed. I did a blind taste test at work a few yrs ago. 1 pail of whites cut in 1" chunks and 1 pail of eyes cut in 1" chunks. no one except me could tell a difference. I only knew because of the different pails. even walleye snobs that made fun of me for keeping the whites in the first place couldn't tell!!

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11/27/15 @ 6:34 PM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06
Fun to catch. Even more fun to release. I love fish. Grew up on the East Coast and ate A LOT of fish, different kinds. I will literally eat almost any kind of fish. Just not white bass. Seriously.

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11/27/15 @ 10:37 AM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01
Several years ago I called my wife from the ice saying we'd be having walleye for dinner. I had three nice eaters for the four of us. She replied that we'd be having a couple of the kid's friends over for dinner - was there enough for them?...

So I fished a little longer and kept the next three fish - big chunky white bass.

During dinner I showed the kids how to tell the two species apart. The children chose seconds of white bass over walleye.

Breaded and fried,red meat removed from whites.

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11/26/15 @ 10:42 PM
Rikkus
Rikkus
USER since 12/4/11
Thx All, yes, ice fishing (cold water fish), you can't go wrong.

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11/26/15 @ 1:26 PM
NRAguy
NRAguy
USER since 6/17/01
Keep the white bass on ice when you catch them. Fillet as usual. Use your fav. batter and fry. IMO, If you don't care for them I guess you don't care for eating fish.....except maybe Mrs. Paul's "fish-in-a-blanket" types of "fish".

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