White Bass

I have never eaten White Bass but a friend that I work with has and does and I was wondering if any other guys out there have ever eaten them. I fish a lake that is full of them and they are quite big in size. Just wondering your thoughts on actually eating them and if they are worth eating or not. This guy swears they are good, but I know some people that would eat just about anything and consider it good.

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I've personally never cared for them.  I've heard of a million different ways to cook them, have tried a lot of them, and still find them to have too strong of a fishy taste for my liking.  I've always been able to catch more than enough perch and walleyes to not need to eat white bass.  I can say I wish a lot more people liked them.  DL's full of them and they're taking up valuable perch and walleye space.

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They suck.  The only edible way I have heard is to eat freshly caught ones. 

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The fishy taste comes from the little bit of red meat on the fillets that can be easily removed. Other than that I don't think most people(people that don't eat fish to often) could tell the difference between walleye and white bass unless you eat a lot of walleye and have an "experienced palate" of course. Living on the Missouri there is no need to eat white bass when you have freezer full of wallys. If walleyes were not available I wouldn't think twice about eating white bass.

If a feller were to keep the walleyes to himself and give family and freinds the white bass they would never know the difference and be happier the heck.

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I haven't ate a ton of them lately because of ample walleye fillets, but when you filet them right they are good to eat.  Like IntroC said, if you don't cut the red off the filets you will think you got a mouthfull of fish slime.  If you cut the red meat out and just keep the white meat you can batter and deep fry them with walleyes with out much notice in taste difference.  Their meat is a little more coarse and slightly oilier that an eye.  Bottom line, if you can catch eyes and perch---eat eyes and perch.  If you can catch white bass and not much else----filet the red stuff off and eat white bass.

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They are great for kids and those who don't have alot of fishing experience.  In the spring you can take a bucket of minnows a few split shot and hooks, find a bridge on DL and let'em have at it.  It is important for some of these folks to eat a little of what they catch and if you take the red meat off the fillet, it's a good enough fish to eat.  I tend to prefer the smaller ones for eating and if you don't let the cat out of the bag, most self proclaimed walleye purists can't or won't know the difference.    Catch'em and enjoy!

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Captain Ahab Said:
I haven't ate a ton of them lately because of ample walleye fillets, but when you filet them right they are good to eat.  Like IntroC said, if you don't cut the red off the filets you will think you got a mouthfull of fish slime.  If you cut the red meat out and just keep the white meat you can batter and deep fry them with walleyes with out much notice in taste difference.  Their meat is a little more coarse and slightly oilier that an eye.  Bottom line, if you can catch eyes and perch---eat eyes and perch.  If you can catch white bass and not much else----filet the red stuff off and eat white bass.

Exactly, If I catch whiteys I keep them with the eyes too. I enjoy the livin' day lights out of Smoked white bass. The oilier texture makes for perfect smokin' meat.

Big J

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they are great smoked

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If you like eating largemouth and smallmouth bass or bullheads you will like the white bass just fine.  In ND we are spoiled with perch and walleye and when you have a taste for those two others taste fishy.

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In the spring they are ok, not quite walleye but edible! Flesh is a little grainy and darker. Brine em and smoke em they are excellent!

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& great to give to the in-laws! (grin)

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