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blazer54
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one eyed fish!!!!!!!!!

The last few times i have been ice fishing every now and then i will catch a small perch with only one eye the other eye is not even there what would cause this ??
I have fished perch for many years and this is the first time i have seen this, any ideas what would cause this and do you think the fish would be safe to eat?

beedoggs1
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depends, did it come from springfield lake? Homer would eat it. I say go for it. Put some pictures of it on here first though.

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Joined: Friday, November 29, 2002 - 9:44am

I pick an eye out and put the fish back... Dur.  

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yep someone taking the eye out and using it for bait and throwing the little guy back

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northern900
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Some people take the Perch eye out for bait because it doesn't fall off the hook as easy as a minnow would

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I'm sure its really no different than any other fish or animal that have birth defects.  Doubtful that it would hurt you to eat it I guess.  I could see something like this coming out of nelson lake though and nobody should eat fish out of that lake.  If you start catching limits of one eyed perch thats when i would quit eating fish out of that lake. 

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I hear so many people talk about not eating the fish out of Nelson lake.  Are you guys paranoid or really that crazy?  They use the water to cool the turbines.  It is not a nuclear waste dump for crying out loud.  The only reason to not eat fish out of Nelson lake would be because of the warm water may make the fish taste a bit muddy - just as they would mid-summer out of many other shallow ND lakes.  I seriously question the intelligence of anyone who honestly believes the fish in Nelson lake have defects like those you would see in a nuclear sci fi movie.

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Using perch eyes (or any other fish eye for that matter) is an accepted practice for bait that dates back to biblical times.....except for rare cases, (infection,abcess,etc) this fish will live a normal, fruitful life when released.  If you decide to go this route with your bait....you'll want to use pallid sturgeon eyes...They work the best! Something with their chemical makeup (luminiscence) is why they work so good. And here's the best part...You can use BOTH eyes! Seeing how the prehistoric sturgeon senses with it's feelers along its mouth (similar to a catfish) and has evolved over the centuries to where it doesn't need its eyes. Good luck!!!

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I can use both eyes from the sturgeon? That's great I can fish twice as long before I run out now.


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First off sportsman, thanks for calling me an iddiot.  I think everyone should eat fish that swim around the channel entrance that is approximately 116 deg F.  I guess they are basically cooked already.  Step two, I know guys in college that took samples from nelson lake for chemistry and its really not that pretty.  I am also very familiar with a power plant and know all the impurities that water is exposed to and its disguisting.  The lake makes a great fishery and I was kidding about the growing extra legs or missing eyes.  I'm just saying if you want to eat fish out of that lake go ahead but "I question you intelligence"

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I wouldnt eat fish from Nelson...

 

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