What are some tasty fresh water fish?

Big7

Senior Member
I am one of those folks who hear people say something isn't good to eat and don't believe them until I try it. They were right about carp. Carp sucks. The whole fish tastes like that red streak you cut out of a striper or big catfish. Strong, fishy, uck.
Get those dime size scales off, leaving the tough skin- makes good jug and trot line bait.
A turtle can't even get that off w/o getting hooked. 😄

That reminds me. Does Turtle and Craw
Dad's count in fresh water? Recon thats another thread. 😂
 
Spotted Bass will be better than anything above. No size limit on most lakes ( small ones are best), easy to catch, pretty white meat, no fishy taste.
I've ate a lot of them. They're good, but not as good as walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth, wild trout, or crappie.
 

Buckman18

Senior Member
I agree with what was said about the body of water having an impact on flavor. I live on the upper Chattahoochee River between Helen and Lake Lanier. Bass, stripers, catfish, perch, gar, etc. caught from the river are much better eating than from the lake. The lake fish are still great, but you can definitely tell a difference.
 

blt152

Senior Member
I'm originally from northeast Ohio and have to say that walleye, yellow perch and crappie can't be beat. You have not lived until you've eaten a platter of walleye caught through the ice on Lake Erie.
 
Quite a wide scale here i see. I would have to put crappie at the top of my list followed by flathead. After that everything else just runs together. Apart from carp its all good to me.
 

krizia829

Senior Member
Not sure what you got up there but down here in Miami, I've had largemouth bass, crappie, mayan cichlid, peacock bass, bluegills, etc. They're all great tasting fish if prepared properly.
 

HossBog

Senior Member
Since the first letter in this forum is “G,” I’ll skip walleye and say yellow perch. The perch family are great. Y’all boys know what I mean about G. Not many walleyes here.
 
Yah, walleye gets my vote - if you can find one !!
Neighbor has caught a few bellow the dam on Carter.

Thing about catfish is wild vs farm raised, ie good vs not good.
 
Since the first letter in this forum is “G,” I’ll skip walleye and say yellow perch. The perch family are great. Y’all boys know what I mean about G. Not many walleyes here.
Most bodies of water in northern G have walleyes. G isn't just the Coastal Plain. It's a big state with a lot of different ecological zones. They are native there in the mountain drainages, and stocking has increased their range. Clayton is just as G as Hahira.
 
Yah, walleye gets my vote - if you can find one !!
Neighbor has caught a few bellow the dam on Carter.

Thing about catfish is wild vs farm raised, ie good vs not good.
Agree 100%. Farm raised catfish tastes nothing like wild catfish.
 
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