When the mackinaw weren’t biting on Lake Tahoe one morning, I put an [easyazon_link identifier=”B01MAWGG0S” locale=”US” tag=”fiwijd-20″]Okuma Water Wolf[/easyazon_link] camera down to see what the heck was going on. What I saw was totally unexpected…
One of my favorite ways to prepare mackinaw — and you can do this with any trout or salmon you catch — is to make “McNuggets.” Lightly breaded, pan-grilled fish nuggets are always a big hit with kids and adults alike and they super easy to make!
Start by filleting and skinning your fish, and removing as many bones as possible. Then, pat dry your fillets and then salt and pepper both sides.
Next, cut them into nuggets. Toss the fish chunks in a zip-loc with flour until they are evenly coated…
Then, place the chunks on paper towels to soak up any excess oil…
And then serve to the hungry masses. The kids like to dip them in ketchup while I prefer sweet chili sauce.
We just never know exactly what’s happening under the surface do we? I was over a big school of mackinaw on Lake Tahoe the other day and they didn’t want to bite. It seemed as if they had no interest whatsoever in our gear.
Boy was I wrong! I dropped my trusty [easyazon_link identifier=”B00R8I6W5O” locale=”US” tag=”fiwijd-20″]Okuma WaterWolf[/easyazon_link] camera down there and found that the curious little buggers were, indeed, very interested in my gear…more specifically my sinker! Check it out!
Chances are, your favorite California sportfish is probably a foreigner. An outsider. An import. Yep, the fact is the majority of the freshwater fish we enjoy chasing here aren’t native to the state.
Some exotics were experiments, others illegal introductions. People who had moved West and missed fishing for their favorite species brought in many varieties of gamefish from the East Coast or Great Lakes. Others still were moved into California to provide new fishing opportunities or to control baitfish populations.
It’s all pretty interesting stuff, so let’s take a look at some of our most beloved fish and trace their origins.
Per capita, probably the most popular fish in California, largemouth bass didn’t swim in the state’s waters until 1891. According to California Department of Fish & Game records, the initial largemouth were Northern strain fish that originated from Quincy, Illinois and were released into Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County.
The more popular and larger Florida strain largemouth made their first appearance in 1959 and the rest, as they say is history. Nobody could have imagined 50 years ago what an industry would spring up around those Floridas!Click here to read more…