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by , Posted to on 01/20/2010 5:01 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/30/2009
Location: WI
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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Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 5:12 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
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.
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 5:15 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND
They suck.  The only edible way I have heard is to eat freshly caught ones. 
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 5:40 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/12/2008
Location: ND

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.

Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 5:56 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND
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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Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 6:09 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND
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!
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 6:13 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2002
Location: ND
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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Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 6:30 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD
they are great smoked
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 6:53 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/23/2002
Location: SD
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.
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 7:26 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
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!
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 8:22 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND

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

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by on 01/20/2010 8:40 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
The hmongs seem to like them?  (grin)

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Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 9:05 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2009
Location: MT
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.

Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 9:07 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD
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
Re: White Bass
by on 01/20/2010 10:39 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/10/2009
Location: ND
 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.
 
Re: White Bass
by on 01/21/2010 08:21 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/14/2002
Location: ND
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.

Re: White Bass
by on 01/21/2010 09:52 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2002
Location: ND
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?

Big J
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Be careful, I can be potentially deadly....
I'm a one man wolfpack...
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Re: White Bass
by on 01/21/2010 09:56 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
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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Re: White Bass
by on 01/21/2010 09:57 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/23/2007
Location: ND
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.

Re: White Bass
by on 01/21/2010 10:08 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/14/2006
Location: MO

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.

Re: White Bass
by on 01/21/2010 11:44 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/16/2004
Location: ND
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.

YES, I am that foolish!

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