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Went to another one of slayer's lakes on a scouting mission. Nobody around. Hiked about 5 miles probably. First fish was creek chub. Never caught one here before.



Then a small brown, and some perch.


Fly fishing with perch eyes for a while. Didn't seem to matter, bait or no bait. Indicator or no indicator. Ice is creeping onto the lake.


Mess of smallish perch 6-8". All caught on the same leech pattern. I would have kept going for a limit but what a pain to clean.


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Nice video. I used to skin trout like that except slit it open on the bottom midline and make three cuts in the throat area then pull the head back till the spine breaks and remove the skin. Works great but deep fried fillets are sooooo much better!
 

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Yeah, seen that video before. It is entertaining but 10 seconds is a fishing exaggeration. I used to clean bullheads that way...when I lived where bullheads were. I like to put perch in chowder or tacos. So, gotta get the bones out.

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Good job. I had hoped the perch might be larger this year.
 

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Good job. I had hoped the perch might be larger this year.
My first perch was 8". I though YEAH. But no numbers. Later on, after moving up to the ice shelf, I found a school but mostly 6-7". Nothing smaller than that. Easier to sort for the bigger ones ice fishing. Water is down like 8-9 feet.
 

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Cleaning 6-8 inch perch is no fun at all. I usually set an 8" minimum for perch keepers. Smaller than that and my electric fillet knife cuts right through their spine.
 

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Cleaning 6-8 inch perch is no fun at all. I usually set an 8" minimum for perch keepers. Smaller than that and my electric fillet knife cuts right through their spine.
Turns out they were bigger, when I filleted them this morning (took 45 min to do 18 of them). I have a cutting board with scale. These were mostly 8" with some 9". I have been catching 22" trout for comparison; so, my eyeball guesstimating scale is obviously way off.

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Turns out they were bigger, when I filleted them this morning (took 45 min to do 18 of them). I have a cutting board with scale. These were mostly 8" with some 9". I have been catching 22" trout for comparison; so, my eyeball guesstimating scale is obviously way off.

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that's a hell of a respectable catch if they were 8 and 9" and 45 isn't so bad for some delicious fish tacos!
 

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Just went to Sams club got a gallon of Blew Cheese. need some perch tacos!
 
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