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Old 03-31-2017, 10:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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That cat is a nice one! Seems like a pretty normal size for what I've seen regularly. I just discovered the Joys of Utah Lake catfishing last year and it only took one 24" channel to hook me. They fight hard and they taste awesome! The walleye is a fish that has eluded me up to this point though. Nice work!
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Do people actually eat the catfish from UL? With everything in there I have a hard time understanding that.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I ate a pile of them last year up until the whole toxic algae bloom thing. They taste great! I was a little concerned due to what I'd heard about the lakes reputation, but after doing some first hand and online research, the catfish are great to eat.

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Old 03-31-2017, 12:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I ate them when I lived close. If you're concerned about it, look up the advisory and keep on the safe side of the recommendations. Those cats are Good!
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I ate a pile of them last year up until the whole toxic algae bloom thing. They taste great! I was a little concerned due to what I'd heard about the lakes reputation, but after doing some first hand and online research, the catfish are great to eat.

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No thanks, I'd rather stick with a nice, fresh, mountain stream trout.
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Nice fish swbuckmaster, I hope I didn't offend you, I do like your post and it's good to see somebody is getting out.
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I certainly understand where you're coming from .45. However after researching the studies on pcb levels in the fish in the lake, as well as first hand knowledge that they are excellent table fare, I'm looking forward to restocking the freezer with firm white fillets.

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I certainly understand where you're coming from .45. However after researching the studies on pcb levels in the fish in the lake, as well as first hand knowledge that they are excellent table fare, I'm looking forward to restocking the freezer with firm white fillets.

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When we used to bring them home my mother would marinade them in some kind of vinegar for a few days, cook 'em, then tell us how good they were. Really? By that time the fish would be bleached totally white and taste like....vinegar.

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All you need to do with a catfish is to fillet them roll them in some flower and egg and throw them into the frying pan.

When I lived in Utah Valley I used to almost live on the mud cats during the summer when I couldn't get into the channel cats.
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Do people actually eat the catfish from UL? With everything in there I have a hard time understanding that.


We have had a few (often vigorous) discussions/debates about the subject on here. The facts are these.

1. There is a consumption advisory (for PCB's) on the channel catfish and carp. This is further elucidated in the link below, as well as many of ones other favorite waters.

https://deq.utah.gov/fishadvisories/index.htm

2. The other species have no advisories for pcb's on them.

3. Statewide, mercury is the biggest fish toxin concern. Utah lake fish have been tested for mercury and had some of the lowest tested values of any fish in the state at that time. .45's stream caught trout have a fair likelihood of having much more mercury in them than any UL fish. Therefore, there is no mercury advisory on UL fish in spite of what you may read from some internet warriors on occasion.


Now the opinion.

1. For a lot of folks, it doesn't matter if the fish flesh is as pristine as the wind driven snow. When they have seen the history of the lake, the lake stink, the turbid water and dumps and treatment plants nearby, they won't eat the fish. If they did, it would probably be yucky. There's no sense fighting this.

2. For me, I and my kids eat panfish,walleye, and white bass when available and I will eat 1-3 catfish a year and adhere to the advisory. I prefer the 18-24 inch cats to harvest and with the recipes I use, they are some of the best fish one can eat. cats over 25 inches tend to be a bit gamier and less tasty. The kids don't care for catfish but will eat panfish fillets on occasion with their old man. All delicious.

3. I would love to see Utah lake cleaned up further in reducing phosphate and nutrient drainage into the lake. it would reduce those nasty algae blooms and help with the stink. That is why I've always supported the (unpopular with fishermen) June sucker program as it provides funds to make the lake better.
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