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black specs in walleye fillets - ok to eat the fish?

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Apologize if this has been covered before, but caught three 15" walleyes last night on Lake Minnetonka. While filleting them I noticed there were little black specs/look like small worms, each perhaps a 32nd to a 16th of an inch long - embedded in the fillets. There were maybe 3-5 in each fillet.

Are the fillets ok to eat? Any idea what these specs are?

Thanks for any input.

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I don't know if it is ok to eat or not, but if it was a a small number of worms like you said 3-5 i would just cut them out.

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I've always been told they are good to go-I always just leave them in the oil a litttttttle bit longer. I have run into some jumbo perch that were almost completely black. That kind of turned my stomach and they ended up eagle food.

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I love me some Black Spot.

+1 lol

Don't eat them! Bring them over to my place and I'll have them tested in my lab (deep fryer) and take them off your hands :-)

I've NEVER heard of any concern over the black ones (or any if it's cooked anyway). The only 'real' worms I ever come across (and they're usually in perch) are white/cream colored and larger than the specs.

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