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black spots on fillets

I was cleaning a few perch I caught over the weekend and 9 out of the 10 had black spots on the fillets.  I was just wondering if anyone knew what this was from and if they are still safe to eat?

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Those are little mercury and lead deposits in the meat of the fish.  Obviously you were fishing Nelson Lake. 

Just kidding, that's the good news.

The bad news is that those little black things are parasites.   Pretty common in many smaller lakes of ND.  When I fished Golden Lake and the English Coulee out in the eastern part of the state they were in an awful lot of the perch.  You would also see them on the exterior of the fish a lot of times and you could kind of sort through the ones and only keep those without the parasites.

NDGF and all biologists I know would tell you that they don't infect humans and the meat is perfectly fine so long as you cook the fish.  OK, most likely, but they are quite unappetizing.  The tapeworms in the walleyes at DL I can ignore, but not these things in the meat itself.

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Allen:  You didn't even give the conspiracy theorists "or thier biology classmates :)" a chance to respond before you came in and destroyed the whole thing with your TRUTH.  How dare you?

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Thats no way to get a good, meaningless arguement going Allen, SERIOUSLY!!!  HAHAHA

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Seriously though, just add some pepper to your batter mix and the black spots will blend right in and you will never know the difference.  It is mind over matter - if you don't mind, the spots won't matter - they won't hurt you a bit.  They are a parasite that needs snails and cormorants or pelicans to complete thier life cycle.  The parasite goes from the fish to the birds, the birds crap in the water and the parasite goes to the snails, the fish eat the snails and it starts over again - humans break the cycle with no ill effects.

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"Just add some pepper." 

Heh heh heh, maybe some of the best advice I've heard yet on how to deal with these little parasites.

This is just anecdotal, but I seemed to catch fewer infected fish in the deeper and cooler waters.

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You mean I can't make sushi out of them, Allen?
Fly Shiit works as good as pepper to camo those black spots!

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Bobkat, where do you get your bulk FLY SHIIT.my mother in-law love it on her oatmeal.

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Pepper mixed in to hide parasites? Wow, that a great idea. similar to adding brown racing stripes to your new undewear with shoe polish!

 

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I don't like the white round worms in the meat that are like a little ball,ishta,cut them suckers out and the unroll flat like a small white leech.

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