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Old 01-30-2008, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The POST YOUR HOGS thread reminded me of something I was gonna ask...

I want to target bass a bit more this season particularly Smallmouths (as I plan on hitting a lake in WY a bunch of times that only has smallies no LM).

Are they good eating?
I never seen recipe/cooking type threads here of ANY bass let alone smallmouth.
Maybe a picture of DBM cooking some at the Tube and Toon..I think.

Whats a respectable keeper size? Y'know like, how with trout, its frowned upon to keep thirty stockers and fillet like slabs for dinner Whats the deal with Smallmouth Bass?
I know its good to release large ones as they take forever to reach a good size.

I posted some pics in the HOGS thread. apropriate table fare size?

Lastly, whats the taste. Surely its very different from trout and Walleye.

I dont know squat about bass in general so curiosity is setting in......and I have a feeling I'll be tubing the Q frequently with a new minnow rap collection

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like them better then largemouth, but I've only eaten them over the campfire.



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Ick - I don't care to eat bass - strictly a C&R guy for those. If you bread 'em and deep fry they aren't too bad, but I haven't kept one in a couple of years now.

As to size, most larger metro lakes have size restrictions that will dictate your keeper size, but not all. Where there's no slot, it's more of a biology question to me more than an eating question - is the lake overpopulated with little ones and needs thinning or is it healthy in which case you likely want to keep it that way and throw the big ones and little ones all back.

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I find bass sorta mushy and strong tasting. Not a fan.


I'm sure someone, or their wife, cooks it just so where anyone would like it though!

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I find bass sorta mushy and strong tasting. Not a fan.

Yeah me to... but smallies taste very different then largemouth.



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The POST YOUR HOGS thread reminded me of something I was gonna ask...

I want to target bass a bit more this season particularly Smallmouths (as I plan on hitting a lake in WY a bunch of times that only has smallies no LM).

Are they good eating?
I never seen recipe/cooking type threads here of ANY bass let alone smallmouth.
Maybe a picture of DBM cooking some at the Tube and Toon..I think.

Whats a respectable keeper size? Y'know like, how with trout, its frowned upon to keep thirty stockers and fillet like slabs for dinner Whats the deal with Smallmouth Bass?
I know its good to release large ones as they take forever to reach a good size.

I posted some pics in the HOGS thread. apropriate table fare size?

Lastly, whats the taste. Surely its very different from trout and Walleye.

I dont know squat about bass in general so curiosity is setting in......and I have a feeling I'll be tubing the Q frequently with a new minnow rap collection

Thank You!
As for taste, I have never ate one but have heard that they are pretty good. As for what size to keep to eat? At least at Chatty Id say 15" to 17" and maybe 18." Anything bigger than that Id take some nice pics and let her go. There are tons in that 15-17 size range and could withstand some harvesting IMO. I caught a tone of smallies lst year but only one over 20" and a handful around 19."

Im sure the Aurora guys could give you more advice on what could/should be taken from there.

Thanks for asking man! Much rather see you ask than post one you took home for dinner and got blasted here for it.
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Oh definitely always go by the parks regs. as far as keepers....if I even wanted to keep some.

So it seems like its not really a common thing to eat em huh?
Thats kinda what I figured.
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Bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) are members of the sunfish family, and this is reflected in their taste. Since smallmouth prefer colder water than largemouth, they tend to taste better. Bass tend to accumulate a muddy taste in their flesh as they grow old and large, so if you are going to keep any, the smaller ones are best to keep.

I prefer to toss 'em back myself, but if you are going to fry up some, I'd say keep 'em at 2 pounds and under. Larger bass lay an awful lot of eggs, which is a good thing, and another reason to let the large ones go.

Hope nobody perceives this as being "politically incorrect" (for this forum at least). Just trying to answer the question.

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I know Flaming Gorge actually encourages harvest of SMB's over 12".
I think the small 12"ers taste the best.
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Try grilling the fillets of some fish that are just over the minimum size limit. We used to do this at Lake Shasta and the fish tacos we'd make with grilled smallies (and spotted bass) were just awesome! I bet that if the smallies you're catching feed primarily on crayfish then they'll have a different taste than those that feed more on shad. You get the same sort of thing with trout that are chasing minnows and trout that are loading up on shrimp and other crustaceans (like the Antero fish).
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