Did you ever wonder out of all the millions people that fish, what is their favorite fish to catch? We are talking about fresh water fish on this one.
You know, we do not know of any study or research done on this? So how about the best fish to catch in lakes that taste good, and offer a lot of fun when you hook them and bring them in?
Let’s get started:
Bluegill (bream). Bluegills are found in most North American waters and are often the first fish that youths catch. They don’t get large. A 1-pounder is very big, so smaller ones are often cooked whole, after being scaled, beheaded, and gutted, but they are sometimes filleted. The meat is white and flaky and can be sweet if the fish comes from clean, cool water. There are many ways to cook bluegill, with pan frying probably most popular.
Catfish. You knew this one..Catfish can be caught in most North American waters, and a variety of species grow to different sizes.
They are also grown commercially in many Southern states, and sold throughout the country in fish markets and served in many restaurants. Some consider catfish a delicacy. Their meat is not as flaky or white as some other species but has very little “fishy” taste, depending on the waters where they are caught and if they are handled properly.
Crappie. A very popular food fish in the South, and a species widely found in the U.S., crappie have sweet white meat. Like bluegills, smaller ones are cooked whole, and larger ones can be filleted, and frying is most common.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most bass anglers insist on releasing all of their catch and never eat a bass. That is a matter of choice, and certainly larger ones should be released. But all states allow for keeping some bass of a certain minimum size, and these fish have a white, sweet meat that is not unlike bluegills (to which they are related). As with most fish, the kind of habitat they come from will influence the way that they taste. Those from clean, clear, and cold water are best. Bass are large enough to be filleted but can be cooked in many ways.
Trout. A shore dinner of trout caught just minutes before eating them is often said to be the best fish meal you will ever have. The fresher the fish the better. This is generally true, however, of native fish as opposed to stocked fish. Native fish with an orange or pink color to their flesh are the best tasting.
Walleye. Many people call walleye the best tasting fish in freshwater, although yellow perch should also get the same accolade, as they are a smaller cousin. Most walleye are filleted, but they can be cooked in a variety of ways, including frying, baking, and broiling.
White bass. White bass can be found in many North American lakes and rivers. They do not grow big. A 3-pounder is trophy size, but a 1-pounder is more common and can be filleted. The meat of white bass has a dark red stripe or bloodline in it, which should be removed. White bass are often pan-fried, but they can also be baked and broiled.
Ok, from this we don’t want to confuse anyone, so here is the fish you can eat that are freshwater, minus preferences.
Bluegill, Largemouth bass, Common carp, Walleye, Northern pike, Grass carp, White bass, Rainbow trout, Black crappie, Smallmouth bass, White hybrid bass, Spotted bass, Striped bass, White crappie, Salmon, Yellow perch, Mountain whitefish, Talapia, Small mouth buffalo, and the catfish.
Yes, there is a lot of good tasting freshwater fish to be caught and eaten😊