White Bass - Do you eat them & How?
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
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.