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Old 03-13-2017, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So a friend of mine tells me he seen Wild caught Canadian Walleye fillets for 7.99 a lb

I was like you gotta be freaking kidding me. That is dirt cheap so Sunday I take a ride to Arlington Heights location and low and behold there they are. Ask the guy when did this batch arrive and he tells me Sat, so I scoop up 4lbs and away I go like a thief in the night or so I thought.

Arrived at home all excited started battering up 2 lbs to fry for some guests. We start eating them and all of us were pretty disappointed. Had a fishy taste to them and also like they were dry. I have fried fish for years and never seen fish come out like this. After the first batch I tried to tinker around leaving them in sooner/longer. Nothing changed but even with that they had a illinois river type fishy taste.

Shop and Save has walleye but a lot more coin but they tasted great. You also see the fish on the ice and they fillet them for you or you can do it yourself. The ones at Valli were all filleted.

I guess its true what they say, you get what you pay for.

BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dare I ask why you would purchase fish at a grocery store? Run out of freezer stock?
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Dare I ask why you would purchase fish at a grocery store? Run out of freezer stock?
Walleyes, yes.
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Are you sure they weren't whileago caught instead of wild caught?
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I also am out of freezer stock. Ran out last year. While at Meijers last fall they had yellow and white perch, Canadian caught. I bought the last of the yellow, and some white. The yellow as expected was great, the white not so much. I wonder why. The guy at the fish counter told me they cannot get the yellow in winter, because of the ice. How the heck can they get the white then?
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Most perch come from Erie. Did you all happen to hear whats going on on Lake Winnipeg? Commercial walleye fisherman have supposedly decimated the smaller better eating fish. Now they are harvesting the big ones. Which they get paid way less for. Some of these fish are from a great 2004 spawn. Look into it. That may explain why the funk.
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Most perch come from Erie. Did you all happen to hear whats going on on Lake Winnipeg? Commercial walleye fisherman have supposedly decimated the smaller better eating fish. Now they are harvesting the big ones. Which they get paid way less for. Some of these fish are from a great 2004 spawn. Look into it. That may explain why the funk.
The fillets I purchased from valli were not big thick fillets. They looked to be in the 2-3 lb range max. Now a place near me called fish time near Devon and Cumberland ave have smoked walleye and the pieces are huge Never tried it and never will

Thanks for the 411 ufcreel on whats happening up north
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Gotta trim the brownish/pink meat off the back of the fillet to get rid of the fishy taste, Andy. Or soak em in milk. I trim this meat off the back of all my fillets from the Illinois, and they taste fine. They're obviously not nearly as good from the Illinois River as they are from inland lakes in Wisconsin or Canada or something, or even Heidecke or the Wolf River, etc.. But if you trim that brownish/pinkish meat, then you eliminate all that fishy taste. Just a tip from someone who fishes the Illinois regularly for walleye.

You never called me btw. Should have gotten out with us yesterday morning. We only managed 3 keeper-sized fish - a 15, a 16.5, and a 17. All three were fat males. But we caught about 15-20 fish. Bite slowed down with the tournaments the past couple weekends beating up on the river. Water temps also dropped like 10 degrees in a week with the snow melt-off, which never helps the bite. MWC tournament fished on Saturday and Sunday, plus the Carpenter's and IWT the previous weekend just beat up the river. One boat on Saturday fishing the MWC actually picked up a 7 1/2lb and 8 1/2lb walleye... 20 miles apart! They ended up winning the MWC tourney, obviously.

Fish were found deeper than I expected, though, and deeper than in the tournament on Friday and Saturday. All of ours came out of 20-24 fow, pulling bait on floaters until about 11:30am. Then we pulled cranks and put another keeper in the boat and some more shorts.

We caught some fish, and it was a gorgeous day to be on the water, though.

You end up getting out anywhere yesterday Andy?
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Vato, we have been cleaning Walleyes longer then the first time you pissed your pants. Met many people along the way and have zipped the fillets, walleye cheecks " which my brother has a fillet knife with the back side being a spoon to scoop out the cheeck" etc etc. But thanks anyways on the cleaning tips all the same

Never made it out on Sunday and am not happy about it. Got a little on Sat and that's all she wrote. Once again am looking to get out this entire weekend upcoming.

Thanks for your report Very informative and well put together. Great read homie. Keep em coming
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