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Fried Fresh Blue Gill



August 24, 2011 – Comments (11)

I went fishing with my kids and dad yesterday and boy did we have a great time.  We caught about 75 Blue Gill, along with a few baby perch and bass, and kept about 50 Blue Gill to eat.  Fried 'em up in a pan today, one batch just floured with salt and pepper, the other batch egg washed with ground Saltines on top of the flour mix.  Wow, was it good.  Makes me think that there are things a lot more important than short term market stuff.


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#1) On August 24, 2011 at 1:52 PM, Turfscape (< 20) wrote:

+1 rec. Love Blue Gill!

My retirement dream is sitting on the lake catching panfish at least four days a week.

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#2) On August 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

I didn't realize that bluegill got that big

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#3) On August 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM, kirkydu (90.29) wrote:

We kept the ones that were 6 up to 9 inches.  Tossed back smaller.  A lot of fun and good eatin'.

On a "time to think" note, both experienced fishermen, my dad and the guide, talked about what the Great Lakes and inland lakes and rivers of Wisconsin used to be before unregulated shipping and changed waterways allowed invasive species into the waters.  I asked where to find Perch and got two answers.  Heck, even when I was a kid you could go to the pier on Lake Michigan and stand along side dozens of people and everybody would take out a bucket an hour.  Today, no perch.  Few Salmon either.  Trout disappearing.  Few if any Smelt left.  A lot of fish gone.  It wasn't overfishing either.  It was 100% invasive species brought in and allowed in.  It'll take twenty years to fix the waters and we haven't even started.

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#4) On August 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (77.10) wrote:

Man your totally right I have'nt had Smelt in yrs. Which is a total bummer. Do you think they'll eventually screw up and let the Asian Carp in?

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#5) On August 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM, truthisntstupid (91.09) wrote:

Ultralight rod, 4-or-6-pound test, little bitty jigs, all put together = boredom killer.

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#6) On August 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM, lemoneater (58.46) wrote:

Blue gill are delicious :)

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#7) On August 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM, PeteysTired (< 20) wrote:

I was curious if this is a regional thing, but isn't blue gill concatenated as in bluegill?  Not trying to be the spelling police.

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#8) On August 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM, kirkydu (90.29) wrote:

I might have speeled Blue Gill wrong. 


The Asian Carp are at the door and there has been huge stonewalling from Chicago and shipping interests to finding a permanent solution, which according to a client of mine with DNR is to build a cargo transfer port (wall the Chicago River connection to the Mississippi and have cargo switched from a barge on one side to a barge on the other) and a San Diego size water treatment system south of the city.  I have no idea why that isn't being done.  Not only would that solve the invasive species issue, it would keep water in the Great Lakes, provide a decade worth of construction jobs and thousands of permanent jobs. While I generally support the President, his interference on fixing this massive problem is wrong. 

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#9) On August 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM, Turfscape (< 20) wrote:

Sadly, the arrival of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan is virtually inevitable at this point:

Appeals Panel Rejects Request to Close Shipping Locks

But, hey...who knows? Maybe the Asian carp will suddenly develop an exclusive taste for Quagga mussels and Sea Lampreys and everything will work itself out....

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#10) On August 26, 2011 at 8:01 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (77.10) wrote:

Kirk I was thinking about this blog today, what I was thinking is that if you wanted to write an E-mail about this subject, I could copy N' paste and send to my Congressmen, put it under my name as a registered voter.

Welp if your interested let me know.

p.s- I would do it myself but I'm not well versed on the subject and generally when I write something theres a plethora of addressing people as "dude" or  "man" and sometimes profanity is involved ;>) 


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#11) On August 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM, kirkydu (90.29) wrote:


profanity huh?  you must have been in Miller Park last night Cubs v Brewers.

I'll put something together, I've done it before.  Give me a few days, I'm moving my office on Monday.

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