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Lake: Harvey Gap Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch
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Tough morning bite, adjusted for better afternoon

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/6/2020 2:41:10 PM     Points: 42    
Hey Everyone! :)

Recently, my buddy and I went up to Rifle Gap to chase the really early morning bite. Unfortunately, the main spot we wanted to hit was pretty sketch. Ice looked patchy and about one hundred yards past that it was open water. We decided to hit the dam area and had no luck. I had one small bite toward the bottom and my buddy didn't get anything. After 3 hours of moving around the vicinity and not marking any fish, we decided to move to Harvey Gap.

The sun was shining bright in the sky by the time we got there. We went over toward the waterfall area and fished right where it starts to turn into a cove. I was targeting perch, while my buddy was going for whatever. We found a good spot for perch (and lots of stocker bows) and decided to turn our episode into a catch and cook. We prepared the perch two different ways. The first was of course fried D and the second was a fish stock, that turned out really really good!

The biggest perch I caught that day were around 6 1/2 -7", nothing really spectacular to look at. I did catch a rainbow that looked like it just escaped a pike or musky though :o!
Not the best pics but I Hope you guys enjoy the video!! If you do enjoy, please like and subscribe D

Shoutout to Pathway for the video idea and also thank you to Joey Willey for the great information from last time I was up there.

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 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 2/6/2020 4:35:40 PM     Points: 8877    
I never pass up the chance to learn a new way to cook Perch.The stock looks easy.Thanks!
Great vidio . . . . .trick question . . .ever try to can your fish stock? I'd love to try to can some stock to use at a later time . . .anyone got any input on canning fish stock?
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/6/2020 6:10:14 PM     Points: 42    
"Hawaiian Punch
I never pass up the chance to learn a new way to cook Perch.The stock looks easy.Thanks!
Great vidio . . . . .trick question . . .ever try to can your fish stock? I'd love to try to can some stock to use at a later time . . .anyone got any input on canning fish stock?"

It was very easy and fun to make. Came out delicious too! I think next time I would try and catch some more perch for it. Flavor still was good but a few more perch would have made it better. Glad you enjoyed the video, I put mine in a container in the freezer. Making my soup soon. Never have tried canning it though, interested to hear about it!
 Reply by: Perca      Posted: 2/6/2020 6:20:40 PM     Points: 0    
A pressure canner is required to safely can stock. Freezing stock is easier if you have enough freezer space.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 2/6/2020 6:28:05 PM     Points: 8877    
Perca . . . .I got a pressure cooker . . .guess I got some homework to do.U-Tube here I come!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/7/2020 9:10:55 AM     Points: 42    
Perca - Good to know, thanks for sharing. Any idea how long it lasts if canned properly?
 Reply by: Perca      Posted: 2/8/2020 10:04:10 AM     Points: 0    
Team CO.F.F... Canned stocked will lasted at least a couple years, I try and use it up within a year though. Now I just freeze it as we donít use that much though out the year.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 2/9/2020 6:53:49 PM     Points: 387    
Nice video - I enjoyed the cooking part as well. I will be trying the stock next time I have a bunch of perch. I take all the tails and entrails and boil them up as well. Then I run them through the Cuisinart and feed it to my chickens. It is high in protein and calcium and they absolutely go crazy for it and it makes the egg shells good and hard, and not the eggs do not taste fishy.. Nothing goes to waste.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/11/2020 1:20:16 PM     Points: 42    

Thank you and glad you enjoyed it! It's really cool hearing how different people use fish other then eating. That's really interesting/cool :D
If you get a chance to make that stock, I would make one change. Just add several more perch. The stock tasted delicious, but I think some more perch would've made it that much better!
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 2/16/2020 3:28:35 PM     Points: 387    
I tried your recipe for fish broth with perch and used 10 small ones along with the vegetables minus the shallots (could not find any). The broth turned out very mild with no fishy taste at all. I added some Udon noodles and it was delicious. I still have another quart in the refrigerator for another soup dish soon. Thanks and keep up the good work.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/17/2020 11:00:37 AM     Points: 42    

That's really awesome and cool to hear! Made my day reading that haha. Glad it worked out!! We're making a soup soon with ours too! Using rice noodles, shrimp, and scallops. Bunch of veggies too!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 2/17/2020 4:27:02 PM     Points: 1386    
Always nice when adjustments are made and they pay off!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 2/18/2020 8:58:33 AM     Points: 42    

I may just adjust to not ice fishing rifle gap anymore this year. I will figure that place out eventually. Heard the East end is opening up with open water, might try and float tube it.

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