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Are lake trout any good to eat?

Post By: ChuckE      Posted: 10/7/2010 3:34:22 PM     Points: 45    
Going after some lakers and tigers this weekend. Wondering if lake trout are worth keeping. Would only keep one. Don't like trout a lot unless its over a camp fire while backpacking.
 Reply by: ObsessedFisherman      Posted: 10/7/2010 3:50:11 PM     Points: 2883    
it's fish if you like fish shouldn't be a problem.....It's good to me
 Reply by: DonInDenver      Posted: 10/7/2010 5:03:47 PM     Points: 1187    
If you don't like trout, then you probably won't like lake trout. It is more oily and stronger tasting than most trout. The smaller ones are better than the larger ones.
 Reply by: Browns Hunter      Posted: 10/7/2010 5:32:36 PM     Points: 2140    
The bigger lakers tend to be a bit oily, release them. The ones that I like are 18-20". Best if you're in a lake with lots of shrimp and scuds, like Taylor. Fish that size are very tasty.
 Reply by: xman      Posted: 10/7/2010 6:28:28 PM     Points: 155    
For years, I didn't eat lakers. I had fried up some fillets like any other trout and found the taste to be a bit nasty. But not too long ago I got a big one pretty ripped up and couldn't release him with a clean I marinated his giant fillets in oil and lemon juice for a couple of hours and threw them on the grill. It tasted amazingly good, kinda like grilled swordfish. Now I keep them if they're big enough for open flame grilling and really look forward to eating them, moreso than any other fish. Your tastes may vary of course, but you ought to give it a try.
 Reply by: paulent      Posted: 10/7/2010 8:58:37 PM     Points: 1112    
Use small macks ,make steaks, dry the chunks, and marinate with teriaki sauce. Bake or grill. I like the grill, Fish tacos are also great.
 Reply by: Catfish goon      Posted: 10/8/2010 12:05:17 AM     Points: 4573    
I usually fillet them and beer batter them with cajun seasoning. they are also awesome baked with lemon pepper. one of my favorite fish to eat, but the bigger ones do get gamier and oily.
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 10/8/2010 12:33:41 AM     Points: 82566    
smoked lake trout is the best!!!! plane or make a dig out of it
 Reply by: jig head      Posted: 10/8/2010 10:35:24 AM     Points: 673    
Bacon Lakers

18" or 20" laker
Put 2 strips of bacon in rib cavity
Season with lemon peper, butter, cajun seasoning (or however you like)
Wrap fish loosely in foil and place in a baking dish.
Bake for about 45 minutes.

I soak the fish in a salt brine so they are not so oily.

One of my favorite ways to make lake trout. You can eat the bacon too.
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 10/8/2010 10:45:04 AM     Points: 82566    
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm sounds great jighead
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: 10/8/2010 11:37:35 AM     Points: 9319    
Try this, they taste like lobster when done.

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 Reply by: Two Ponies      Posted: 10/8/2010 1:47:30 PM     Points: 1472    
Thanks RPG. . . That's one I haven't tried and I have just about tried them all.

Two Ponies
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: 10/8/2010 2:27:19 PM     Points: 9319    
Hi Two Ponies,

Hope you are mending well.

When we used the fish boil we would add Crab Boil spices. I think I've seen it at City Market or Safeway. We wrapped up a golf ball sized amount of spices in a cotton cloth and just threw it in the boil. What happens during the boil is that all of the fish oil boils to the top of the water, you should scoop off a good amount of the water before lifting the fish out, insuring not to re-coat the fish when it's removed.

The local fish boilers in Door County cook this over a campfire, then when its done they throw a small amount of gas on the fire, it flares and causes the campfire to boil-over the water, removing the fish oily water in the process. They make a big show of it all for the tourists.

There is zero fish taste when its done. Any type of fish can be used, it's not limited to Lake Trout.
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 Reply by: Two Ponies      Posted: 10/8/2010 3:46:04 PM     Points: 1472    

I'm doing much better but a little down in the dumps which is not like me at all. . . Thanks for asking.

When you mentioned Crab spices I immediately thought of "Old Bay Seasoning" which in my opinion is the best crab, shrimp, fish seasoning around. While stationed near the Chesapeake Bay I indulged in many crab feast that were steamed with Old Bay.

I do a lot of big boil meals using a stainless steel milk can but my recipes consist mostly of meats (Sausages, Bratwurst, Ham, etc.,) and vegetables. . . I can't wait to try this fish recipe out. Since I can't fish much with my wounded wing I may have to go to Costco and buy some Halibut or Cod.

Thanks again,
Two Ponies
 Reply by: ChuckE      Posted: 10/8/2010 4:29:22 PM     Points: 45    
Thanks to all. Now all I got to do is catch a few.
 Reply by: MAC ATTACK      Posted: 10/8/2010 5:43:41 PM     Points: 25187    
I think they are the worst tasting fish of all time! I don't even know why you guys fish for them.

 Reply by: paulent      Posted: 10/8/2010 6:29:25 PM     Points: 1112    
it's for glory
 Reply by: kokee      Posted: 10/8/2010 8:44:39 PM     Points: 3    
iam not a fan of lake trout at all , i think they taste like crap , but alot of the guys i fish with like them , to me they have no flavor
 Reply by: clint walker      Posted: 10/8/2010 9:07:01 PM     Points: 1253    
love lakers!! awesome tasting fish for sure!
 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 10/8/2010 9:25:21 PM     Points: 2114    
Just add fresh roasted green chile next to the bacon
and you will have a great meal!
 Reply by: Browns Hunter      Posted: 10/8/2010 10:00:31 PM     Points: 2140    
the crab boil recipe quoted earlier is also called "poor man's lobster" It is usually done with a large fish that can be filleted or steaked. I've done it with large pike, too. Dip the chunks in butter or cocktail sauce (your taste preference). It tastes like lobster, honest!

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