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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    Well may be a bit late to the party on this one, but it’s a personal preference in my opinion. Larger fish tend to have a higher fat content. That fat tends to have a strong fish flavor to it. Folks talk about spring run kings as a delicacy because they have a higher oil and fat content to sustain them through a summer in the river. Kings and Sockeye are prized commercials because the have the same thing vs silvers and pinks. Tuna are graded based on fat and oil content with the more the better.

    We got a couple double digit fish from Pyramid lat year and they had a greasy quality to them. I personally prefer milder fish, so it’s not as good to me as leaner fish. For bigger Stripers and Sturgeon it’s imperative to clean off the lateral line and yellowish fat, or they are very fishy.

    Different strokes for different folks. I’m sure the guy who got that Brown enjoyed every bit of it. Just my2 cents.

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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetspray View Post
    I have smoked some of the finest Hash from many different countries in the 70's when I was in Germany, I think cannabis is over rated in many cases. I do not now do drugs but understand the direction of those who do enjoy their effects...…...Jetspray
    I have chronic insomnia so I do cannabis to help me sleep. I'm pretty cranky when sleep-deprived. I can imagine some of the hash you've done but I created my own just by collecting vape residue (desktop vape, no cartridges) but I grow better pot than any I've gotten from a dispensary. I'd never grown ANY plant before I did my first grow and it was devastating. VERY enjoyable sleep and enjoyable buzz. I tested it - 27 percent THC. :D :D :D

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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetspray View Post
    Eagle Lake trout are better if you bleed them in the water and put them on ice. Since you can only have two a day and four in posession it works out better that way. Clean them when you get back to the station by the Marina store, and buy a burger there while you are at it. They have a great assortment of the stuff that works there too.......Jetspray
    Oh, I've fished Eagle many times. I like the "bleed 'em and ice 'em idea and next time I'm there, that's what I'll do.

    In fact, George at the General Store (since closed and George has passed away) gave me a great technique for that lake, I'v e limited out using this technique.

    Snelled #8 hook (#6 will do but #8 is better). Put a nice fat night crawler as far as you can get it on the hook but do not PASS the bait past the end of the hook. Put some fish stinko on your bait and flip it over into the water, but no extra weight; weight of the worm is all you need.

    Leave the bail on the reel open (UL tackle) and when line starts zinging off the reel, just close it gently and fish ON! Play them in, give them the Clemenza treatment (leave the gun, take the cannoli).

    I use a BB gun to dispatch keepers and in Eagle, right now, because the lake still hasn't filled up (natural lake, small tributaries), so it's essentially a put-and-take lake right now. The alkaline lake is too alkaline and the dissolved O2 is weak because when the north half of the lake was empty, ranchers were allowed to graze their cattle on the lakebed, and besides grazing, they crapped a lot. Huge algae blooms in the north end of the lake.

    The most common species in the lake is tui chub. I compost what I catch (eww, tui chub? no way) but few keep them. I always fish near Eagles Nest (everyone does in the summer) except one time earlier in the spring, when we caught two in the shallows (this was before bovine excrement in the north end) right by the airport. We flew in (used to fly, C172A) camped in the median between the ramp and the runway, rented a boat unless we were fishing in the north end, before the drought).

    But that day we limited out, all the other people fishing were looking at us and as you know, sound carries at Eagle and we could hear them saying, "how the F-k are they doing that?" I just chuckled and basked in limiting out.

    But, yeah, I have a LOT of experience at Eagle. We ought to swap lies, comrade! :D

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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Owlman2 View Post
    With rainbows, bigger tastes better IMHO. When they get large the meat is to me almost indistinguishable from fresh salmon. I am talking about large wild trout though, not pen raised hatchery fish. I think it is because when they grow larger their diet shifts from bugs to fish and crawdads, but I'm just guessing.

    I have never eaten a brown that I thought tasted particularly good. Might just be me.

    Oh yeah my buddy got a #12 and it had 3 good dads in its belly . And your right the meat is similar to a salmon just without the salmon taste . Tightlines BF
    Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught...........

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    Sorry, man, Bay Area born and grown. I grew up IN San Francisco. Some of the issues you present (death of zygotes) are not issues for me. Don't want one? Don't have one.

    With due respect, comrade, that is not my experience. I've lived in California for 60 years total and I'm not complaining at all. SS and my pension (very small) are my income and I'm very fortunate to be with a woman who sticks with me through thick and thin. These days it's a lot more thin but my tackle and truck are paid for, my Medicare isn't very spendy and if I'm careful, that money will get me through a month. Even less if I'm out traveling and fishing (sleep in my truck bed, covered by a camper shell).

    We needn't agree on every topic to be friendly. Of course, I'm the commie here. Have a good one, comrade. :D :D :D
    Thing is I lived in Fremont before it became Fremont, Centerville to be exact. 1957 to 2006, that is when we sold our home in Quail Run and moved to Gardnerville NV to be with my son and my daughter and their families. I was born in Mason City Iowa, and was called a farm boy as an insult when I went to school, thing is on vacation in Iowa I was able to work with both of my grandfathers at their jobs and learned so much it is crazy. I was even driving farm equipment when I was 12 years old and filling them with fuel, also helped my other grandfather at his well drilling rig and he would even go buy us lunch while I maintained the drill...….Jetspray
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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    I have yet to have a bad tasting "Wild trout" that came out of cold waters.

    To me, water temp has a lot to do with how well the fish will taste. When the water starts to get
    higher than 78* ........... they seem to start getting soft, same goes for the spawning time of the year.

    Kokanee going into the spawn, start to go down hill with meat firmness and flavor. At this time
    I will look for different fare.

    As mentioned, water source does help out in any type of fish as well as its diet.
    Smoking can make a so, so fish bearable, or even Great!!

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    Eagle Lake trout are better if you bleed them in the water and put them on ice. Since you can only have two a day and four in posession it works out better that way. Clean them when you get back to the station by the Marina store, and buy a burger there while you are at it. They have a great assortment of the stuff that works there too.......Jetspray
    2003 Alumaweld, 19'6", Chevy vortec V-6, SD-309 american turbine jet, T-8 Yamaha kicker, waiting for the tackle fairy to show up to fill my boxes

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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetspray View Post
    You sound like a Southern California guy to me. CC who I fish with was one of those guys. He has a lot of knowledge but did not live this far north. I do not wish to live in Calimexicabish any more, because they cannot seem to get rid of "DEMOCRATS" and their stupid direction of the state. They are the party of Slavery, Socialism, Hatred, Division, Governmental Collusion, Death of Unborn, Hate of Elders, and wanting to steal everything you saved or own. I pay about $1,000 a month for OBANA CARE and thank the DEMOCRATS for their stupidity...…...Jetspray
    Sorry, man, Bay Area born and grown. I grew up IN San Francisco. Some of the issues you present (death of zygotes) are not issues for me. Don't want one? Don't have one.

    With due respect, comrade, that is not my experience. I've lived in California for 60 years total and I'm not complaining at all. SS and my pension (very small) are my income and I'm very fortunate to be with a woman who sticks with me through thick and thin. These days it's a lot more thin but my tackle and truck are paid for, my Medicare isn't very spendy and if I'm careful, that money will get me through a month. Even less if I'm out traveling and fishing (sleep in my truck bed, covered by a camper shell).

    We needn't agree on every topic to be friendly. Of course, I'm the commie here. Have a good one, comrade. :D :D :D

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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

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    Also fish that arnt played for excessive amount are better due to less build up of lactic acid which can definitely taint the meat.
    Do you think it's possible to let the fish revive (like in the net or a soft mesh basket) and mitigate some of the lactic acid? That's what I have done, historically and it really helped the taste of Eagle-Lake trout. If I play the fish (mandatory when using UL gear), I make sure it stays alive (barbless hooks help in this regard, even when killing and keeping the fish) and relaxes before I give it the Clemenza treatment (I use a bb gun). Leave the gun, take the cannoli. I've gutted fish I killed right there on the float tube. I have freezer bags filled with ice to put the fish on. When we're camping in one place (because the fishing is just too damned great) We catch fish for this evening's dinner. The day before we split is the day for catch and kill, we hope we limit out. Taking 10 quality fish home after a successful day would be cool. Five for me, five for J. two limits. I remember when it was 10 per day, 20 in possession. Those were the days.

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    Re: Are huge trout good to eat?

    I have found in general the older and larger fish and game are, they are not as tasty and the quality of the meat diminishes. Take for instance striped bass, the ones 18 to 25” are much better tasting and the meat is firmer than the 20 plus pounders. I personally think smaller trout (fresh caught and cooked) are a little better than the larger trout. Same with game , the older the game both bird and mammal the tougher, dryer and less tasty. This is all subjective and just my personal experience.
    A major factor in taste is how you handle the fish when caught. Bleed and ice it immediately for good taste. Also fish that arnt played for excessive amount are better due to less build up of lactic acid which can definitely taint the meat.
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