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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The hmongs seem to like them?  (grin)

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Pro V1 Said:
The hmongs seem to like them?  (grin)

LOL!

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

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tell you one thing many people right here on the shores of lake oahe who said they will never eat anything but walleye have eaten white bass deep fried and never known the difference.  kinda of funny how i sit and listen to them say how bad other fish tastes as they pop another piece in there mouth.  pretty much everything deep fried tastes more like the seasoning than any thing.  now start baking fish and then the difference in fish is really aparent

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 the hmongs seem to love white bass. you'll see bus loads of them fishin off shore at devils lake.  its hard to say how they prepare them though... but the hmong food i've had tastes pretty good, alot of herbs and spices.

 

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IntroC Said:

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.

All TRUE!

I don't clean them because of the fact that I have enough walleye to deal with.   When  I do clean them (which is very rare) I just keep the meat along the back and don't even mess with the tail portion. 

I think the quality of the water you fish determines the taste of the fish as much or more than the species does.

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

Completely disagree. How can you say they suck, have you  just "heard" of them tasting bad,  Enslow?

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Same deal as always.  Will invite anyone over for a fish fry.  When cleaned appropriately it becomes very difficult to tell the difference especially when deep fat fried.  You cook on the stove or bake, you might get the guesses right 70% of the time which one is walleye and which one is not.  Because yes, they are a little different in consistency and have a bit of a more oily feel to them.  That usually is taken care of with proper cleaning and cooking, however.

I personally don't keep many because I don't like dealing with them when cleaning.

I have a question though.  How many of you guys on Devils catch them through the ice?  If not often, where do they go?  To the depths?  Are they suspended?  I think it would be fun to do battle with them under the ice.  Or maybe they aren't as spunky?


 

 

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I like them. Don't get me wrong it is no walleye or perch, but as said above if you cut off the red meat, coat them in some Andes seasoning, cook them next to the walleye and it is good. every once and a while it is nice to eat something different than walleye. at least I think so.


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lift your knife up when filleting,to get the red meat off,
cut into strips,feed to the neibors,they,ll love you.
they will dull up your knife,fast.

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You ever see one of the Hmong women use a huge butcher knife and go through about 50 Whities in 30 minutes or less??  Impressive to say the least. 

I provided fish for a church fish fry a few years ago.  Kept a bunch of Whties and cleaned them like the Eyes, just took all of the pink meat and lateral line out of them and no one knew the difference.  The fillets have a "larger chunk" to them, but still nice and white like the Eye fillets if cleaned right.

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I am glad that you guys love  white bass so much.  Now get after em and get your limits every chance you get. 

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Enslow Said:
I am glad that you guys love  white bass so much.  Now get after em and get your limits every chance you get. 

I normally do! Our place at West Bay on DL gets plent of Bass action.  I like my eyes and perch, but smoked whitebass is the bomb.  Ever had big E?

Big J

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I have eaten bass and hated them.  The white bass that I ate were caught on Devils in the winter. I cut all of hte red meat off.  I would rather eat a northern any day than a white bass.  The bass I have fried tasted crappy.  My cousin ate small white bass out of shadehill reservoir once right after catching and said they were decent.   

I think it is great that people enjoy eating them.  I just don't.  I like smoked fish and have never tried smoking whitebass and probably never will.  white bass are like carp to me. 

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Thank all of you for your responses. I guess like you all pretty much have said I suppose it is all in how you clean and prepare them for the table. I am going out this weekend and I might keep a couple if the opportunity is there just to try them myself. Isn't it nice to have a forum as nice as this to be able to ask questions and get honest feedback from others no matter what the question is. Thank you Mr. Sandstrom for providing such a good place for us to go to view, discuss, and look at all thing outdoors. Also, thanks to the Vets out there that gave us and still provide us the right to sit in the comfort of our homes, ice shacks or whatever and do pretty much whatever we want to do within reason. Thank you all!

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If you do get into some white bass and would like to keep some for eating. Keep the smaller males. Their is less red meat on them and they just seem to taste better. I love fishing for white bass due to the fact when you find them the fishing is fast and furious and they are great fighters. I fish for and eat more white bass trhan any other fish.

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I have never personally caught a white bass at devil's during the winter, although they are caught occasionally. I think that they are not active during the winter (plenty of forage in devils lake). Too bad would make for some fun ice fishing. For eating they are not bad at all, make sure to remove the red meat and place fillets in tin foil with butter lemon juice, some onions and seafood seasoning  wrap it up and grill until fillets flake apart easily. Can also bake this way, good alternative to frying fish.
 

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oh yeah their good, we get em at lake ashtubuala.

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I'll agree with rowdy   catch em north of nebraska and they are'nt too bad catchem in kansas or oklahoma or missouri and they are definately gamier

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enslow,
if you like smoked fish and white bass are like carp to you, you should try it smoked. Big J is right. smoked white bass is the bomb. smoked carp is pretty good as well. i also fry up perch eggs too so maybe im just wierd though.

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