January 21, 2021…Time to talk about fish & fishing!

While we’re in the doldrums of a January deep freeze…post election…pre Covid 19 variants…locked down and working our way through the wood pile…..yes, it’s time to turn our attention to FISH.

First, let’s go with the assumption that either A)…you came across some forgotten fish in your freezer from 2019, or beyond…or B)…you’ve had the opportunity to fish more recently and have fish languishing in your ice box. Sure, they were a lot better when they were fresh, and maybe the spouse doesn’t appreciate the smell of frying fish on a January evening. What to do? Here’s a suggestion that works well with “vintage” fillets, and is particularly fine with trout or whitefish…but should work with most. Fish cakes

Step one: Defrost what you have and check for freezer burn (brown, dried out sections) and remove that.

Step two: Add a couple inches of water to a shallow pan with a good dose of salt. Bring to a boil and add the fillets. Once they are done remove to a large bowl.

Step three: Have some ingredients ready. You will need some bread, Old Bay seasoning, mayonnaise, mustard, eggs…the whisky is optional but desirable. I usually chop up some green onions to add as well as the juice of a fresh lemon.

Step 4: Pictured above is a bowl of cubed bread with some green onions thrown in the mix. The other is the pan of simmered fish which has been drained and broken up into small pieces. I usually go with an equal amount of bread to the amount of fish I have.

Step 5: Combine the fish and bread crumbs. Now you can add a couple tablespoons of the Old Bay and a few squirts of the mustard. At this point you may opt to chop up some garlic and add if you are a garlic fan, or if you think your fish needs the help. Add a couple tablespoons of mayo….you want it to be moist but not wet. How many eggs you need is dependent on how much fish and bread are being used. I usually add 2, but with a larger recipe I’ve used 3. Mix this together. Give it a few squirts of lemon for good luck.

Step 6: Form the mixture into patties. I usually use waxed paper to lay them on.

Step 7: If you make more than you need for one meal, these work well frozen for another time. Wrap them in waxed paper and vacuum seal if you have the equipment.

Step 8: In a pan or grill fry the fish cakes till golden brown on both sides. Serve with a few slices of fresh lemon and a nice white wine.

While I’ve only made these with trout or whitefish I’m sure they could work with pike or walleye.

No fish? You need to catch some…

We’ve had some seriously mild whether till now (minus 29 C this morning!) and have had a few chances to catch some fish…

Susanne with a good Eagle Lake walleye.
Small Teggau Lake trout….the only fish I caught that day.
Expedition to Clearwater Lake.
The “look” you get when losing a fish right at the hole….good going Pat Hron a.k.a. Cedar Point Lodge
If you can’t catch fish you can at least be handy…Rob Wisneski a.k.a. Stanley’s Resort
I took it upon myself to assume the supervisory role of fire monitor…and yes, we built it against the shore of the island, not in the middle of the lake!
Meanwhile Susanne catches a trout while ensconced in the warm shack with the ladies.
… and a ling / burbot. Some may say a weird looking fish, but add a little beer batter it’s hard to beat. While we only caught one, there is no limit on these.
Meanwhile, a week ago back on Buzzard Lake, the father / son team…Rob and Marv Wisneski.
Further proof that Rob can actually catch fish…

2021, Covid 19, the border and beyond…

It seems that while the vaccine may bring about a positive change in our lives there are still many unknowns. Are we confident about a “normal” 2021 fishing season here at the lodge? To be totally honest and upfront, no we aren’t. I think spring might be at risk and for those of you who don’t have the flexibility to make changes to your vacation plans at the last minute, you may need to consider your options. For those that can wait and see, we will send out updates as soon as we have more information. We are hoping that moving reservations to 2022 won’t need to happen, but it’s best to be upfront with that possibility. While we wait and see, stay healthy and keep your fingers crossed for some positive developments.

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