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in our last few trips to mille lacs we have caught several eel pouts.. never caught these before. are these any good to eat??? any special way to clean???? any thoughts would be great.
thanks!!!

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Cut the top back straps off the fish, remove the skin and cube the meat. Get some crab boil from any meat dept grocery store. Boil 2 quarts of water, add crab boil, two sliced lemons and add the pout for 4-5 minutes. MMMMMM grin.gif. People will say pout taste's like lobster, its not true. Lobster taste's like pout grin.gif

Good Eatin!!

P.S, If you catch pout and dont eat them, please throw them back into the lake.

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bturck

I threw back eel pout for years, had my first taste of them last year on LOW. The chef at Riverbend boiled them and served them with melted garlic butter. Very ugly fish, but tasty. he also said that putting them in the refirgerator and cooling them down and then serving them with cocktail or shrimp suace is also good. The only part that is salvagable is the back strap (loin). They are cleaned similar to a bullhead by stripping the skin. Way back in 1956-57 when I was in high school we fished Mille Lacs daily and caught lots of these uglies. They really are very good. Hope you enjoy, good luck and hang on. Bill

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Cyberfish

><}}}("< ---The tail section is good too, fillete that part just like any other fish. they are excellent pan fried too, then they dont taste like lobster, just very good fish. better than eyes, IMO smile.gif

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I prefer to just give them a kiss and let them go!

Do any of you guys ever catch these night fishing in the summer?

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Pig_sticka

i used to just toss them on the ice, never caught many but that is what i did. now i put em back in the water after asking around quick if anyone wants them. no way do i want to eat or even try to clean those fish. they bleed like a mo fo too. dont mind catching them that is why i put em back these days. fun fish and they do get ya smiling.

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89Bronco

We use the back strap and try to get as much meat off the tail as we can. We cut the fillets into small cubes --- like fish nuggets. Then we pan fry like Cyberfish does. They are great both ways (broiled or fried) I like them just as much as walleye or northern, and better than bass. ---Just adding my 2 cents----

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thanks for info....will try to keep a couple this year...we always did throw them back, wouldn't dream of anything else...thanks for the tips again.....well, tomorrow is the day we hit the ice....again thanks for all of your help...hope to run into some of you there....good luck fishin'!!!!!

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metro 1

caught one on Superior once and my friend was as excited as I have ever seen him. He cleaned it boiled it and served it with butter and it was good ,I told him with enough butter my redwing boot would taste good also.I was in Alaska this August and we caught Ling Cod (ugly 50lb eel pout) and the guides where just as excited as my friend from Duluth was. Great eating for sure and I said up there that I wouldn't blink an eye at eating a pout . but I cant catch one for the life of me. Last Sat I even brought my fishing partner who is the pout magnet. I can't wait to try them again.Metro

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Reef Runner

A properly frozen pout will work good for Ice Jarts.

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ds

All this talk about eating ell-pouts makes me think the walleye bite must be real slow.

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'pout La Crosse:
hack off the head, grab yourself a couple "Big Dipper" scoops. Game on.

'pout Curling:
semi-freeze, then bend 'pout into a semi-circle. Freeze 'pout in bucket of water, with "loop" of 'pout acting as a handle.

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fisher13

i heard that there is a "mud vein" that you have to look out for when cleaning an eel pout. i have never tried to clean one, but i was wondering if this is true.
fisher13

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Within the spirit of the law and the way it is written , any mis-use of any fish other than eating or mounting would be considered "wanton waste". Please return any fish you are not going to eat back into the water they came from. See page 29 of the fishing reg book. Thanks
Dino

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Cyberfish

><}}}("< ---Fisher, all fish have a mud line, or a strip of dark meat down the middle of the fillet. depending on where the fish is caught, it can taste muddy, and should be removed. I should add that I have had walleye with a muddy flavor before, but Burbot have never been muddy for me.

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when i catch one i always grab a hold of them on each side of their gills
step out of my ice house
and see how high i can throw them in the air to see how many flips they can do
the record so far is 14
what a worthless fish
it takes forever just to get there smell off your hands
we are doing everyone a favor for getting rid of them

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You are not doing anyone any favors by getting rid of them. They help the ecosystem in the lake by keeping the baitfish levels in check. There is a reason why they are in there. You should eat them or throw them back in. From your post, you should maybe consider a new sport or hobby. You are also breaking the law. If you claim to be a Mille Lacs guide like your profile says, I sure hope your not teaching your customers this practice....
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CRITTER

I always keep one to clean and then throw it into a bag with some nice filets. Then when ever I'm asked for some fish, I'll hand em the bag with a big smile and say your welcome. Gets em every time.

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Icerookie

Ride on, D-man!!! Eel pout are ugly, smelly, slimey creatures, but they serve a purpose and would best be let go if you're not going to eat them. Just my 2 cents!

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