Tuesday, June 20, 2006

What Shall We Fish For?

June is a good month for fishing in this northern climate. Our favorite fish is the walleye or walleye pike, a member of the perch family.

The walleye pike is common in the Great Lakes and the Upper Mississippi Valley area. The walleye likes clear water with rocky or sandy lake bottoms. Its size may be anywhere between 2 to 20 pounds. The most common length is 10 to 12 inches. The walleye may be caught with a simple pole and hook. It is easy to catch, and will bite almost on any kind of bait and may be caught any time of the year.

The walleye that weighs about 2 to 3 pounds is the best eating. It has a very pleasant taste for a fish and has few bones.

It is best to fillet the fish before cooking the fish in a fry pan or grilling. My own preference is to grill the fillets.

Of course, northern pike, bass, crappies, etc. are all fun to fish and are good to eat; but walleye pike is the local favorite.


John said...

My grandparents had a place up on the Fox River in Wisconsin, and many a summer were spent fishing for Walleye. Excellent eating. It's been nearly twenty years since they sold the place, and I'd forgotten about it until I read the post. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm, walleye.

One of the many splendors of northern Minnesota!

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