Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Agronomist_at_IA

BASS, WORTHLESS FISH???

Recommended Posts

Just wondering what everyone thinks of bass. I mean besides having them fight like heck, does anyone really ever want to catch one. I hate the [PoorWordUsage] things. If I didn't need them to keep the panfish in check i'd leave them on the ice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well.....Bass fishing consumes about 75% of my open water fishing. Many of us enjoy bass fishing for the sport and not for what the fish tastes like in a frying pan. You might be a minority on this one agronomist. crazy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

they taste better than northerns in alot of high water clarity large lakes. we eat em all the time. so nope; not worthless to me. keep a few 13-14" for the frying pan here and there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess you need to ask yourself what makes your time on the ice enjoyable.

You admitted yourself they fight like heck, so why wouldn't it be fun to catch them?

Sorry, but I find catching anything fun. I'm out there to spend time with friends and maybe catch a few fish here and there.

I've just never understood putting a negative stigma on any species of fish. Sure guys joke around, but when it comes right down to it, 99 out of 100 guys would have a blast pulling 17" bass through the ice all day. I guarantee it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

no way. the fillets have a mud streak right through the middle, you must have never tasted a up north clear water northern, no comparison.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats why I call em green carp. I don't mean anything negative. Carp are some of the funnest fish to ice. I had a 9 lber thru the ice last year and it was a blast but I was dissapointed because I thought it was a walleye. So I guess I do have a little negativity but only because I like to catch what I am fishing for. My first outing this year I caught a 23 inch LM bass and it was a blast especially since it was on light gear for sunfish. I slid her back in and it took a few minutes to slow my beating heart. Definitely a good time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

there great,I keep some 12-13 inchers to eat this time of the year and in the summer make some money in some tournys so to me no thay are not worthless...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think bass are a lot of fun to go after in the summer. Watching the way bass hit a top water lure is something special. During winter though I get dissapointed if I pull up a bass simply because I'm hoping its a walleye or large crappie! Still catching bass in the winter is better than not catching anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wondering what everyone thinks of bass. I mean besides having them fight like heck, does anyone really ever want to catch one. I hate the [PoorWordUsage] things. If I didn't need them to keep the panfish in check i'd leave them on the ice.

Dude, you need help.

Do you ever fish open water, or just the hard stuff? Do you ever fish for just fun, or you strictly a meat keeper?

Without bass, cities fisherman might just as well sell their boats. Sure, there are pan fish (mostly small), some pike, some skies, and limited 'eyes, but if you want some fun, consistent action, you can count on Mr. bass to provide. Just don't try eating one laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can't hardly eat them in Minnesota with all the special interest groups lobbying to get slot limits on them. I kill 'em and eat them when I can (it's not as good as catfish but it'll do), mostly out of spite.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh here goes the bass bash again!!! I love catching them, a bass out of a clear cold northern lake is good eating, in fact I just did a batch of pickled bass and everyone that tried them raved about them. 3 Quart jars were gone in a flash. I am glad a lot of you wont eat them all the more for me. laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dude, you need help.

Do you ever fish open water, or just the hard stuff? Do you ever fish for just fun, or you strictly a meat keeper?

Without bass, cities fisherman might just as well sell their boats. Sure, there are pan fish (mostly small), some pike, some skies, and limited 'eyes, but if you want some fun, consistent action, you can count on Mr. bass to provide. Just don't try eating one laugh

Nope only ice here

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The people I give them to cant taste the difference between them and Eyes. They are a blast to catch!!! The part I enjoy most is showing the guys from the Bass federation the pics of them after I catch them and telling them how nummy they were.LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh Largemouth bass! they are terrible! they have toxic purple meat, and they sting! just cut the line when I hook one, yes I do! smirk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Had 3 long beards come out gobbl8ng and running but not to me.  Had them all fired up but they obviously had another destination in mind.
    • I didn’t know grackles fished either.  Interesting. 
    • Was checking back to see you with a bird pic @Borch
    • So this is not a new thing!  Interesting.  I keep finding more and more complex behavior in so many of these "dumb" animals!  So many of them are anything but dumb.
    • When I was a kid, we used to have a pond in our yard. We would keep fish and minnows in there. The grackles would clean in out! We had to resort to putting a cover over it.
    • Last Thursday on a visit to my sister in Rock Rapids IA, we made a circuit through the Island Park there.  At the low dam just past the former railroad bridge which is now a walking path we saw a group of grackles fishing at the edge of the white water where it ran against the rocks at the shore line.  There probably were a dozen or so all told moving back and forth and some on the rocks at the other shore line.  In something like half an hour or less we saw various of the birds bring out minnows and eat them on the shore to a total of at least 8.  They also contested for the better fishing spots and tried to horn in on other birds' catches;   they would fly out to quite a bit up on shore with a catch to eat it there. I never expected to see grackles fishing.  I never heard of that before, but then it wouldn't be the first time I didn't know about something relatively common.
    • I've seen deer there, too.  I go by there on my way to work about 3:30 am S S & M.
    • Now they're gobbling...  seem to be getting a little closer.
    • Very quiet so far.  Maybe one distant gobble on the roost but couldn't tell for sure. At least the mosquitos seem to have calmed down in the last 10 minutes some.