|My 27" Pike - Biggest Fish of 2021|
Since Northern Pike were introduced into the Lake in the mid-nineties, pike have become the dominant gamefish in Big Shag Lake. As a consequence of that fact, combined with the DNR regulations that put no minimum size limit on the fish (with a 1 pike/day over 24" limit), we catch a lot of pike. A lot.
|Harlan wins First, Most, and Last Fish of the trip|
When I arrived, Dad and Harlan already had 5 pike in the trap and we still had some frozen filets in the freezer from the Spring trip. My 27" trophy was the biggest fish of the trip, and the year, and probably matched my biggest fish ever out of the lake. Harlan took trip honors for First Fish and Most Fish, as it took Dad a few days to get off the snide.
|Dad finally gets off the snide with his first Fall fish.|
Pike are fun to catch but, over a period of weeks, the challenge is to find variety in how to prepare and eat them. Because we eat what we keep. This trip we met that challenge head on.
Pikenagi Donburi Bowl
First up - we went for the exotic. Pike backstrap filets in a sesame oil on the grill, drizzled with Unagi Sauce and served over rice accompanied by grilled veggies. The idea is replicate an Unagi Donburi Bowl.
Sautéed Northern Pike Over Rice
Next up... our standby "Tasty Northern Pike" Recipe - pike filets sautéed in butter, garlic, onion, tarragon and wine.
Yooper Fish Stock & Sinigang Fish Soup
|Brining, Drying, Racking and Smokin'|
|The Last Fish of the 2021 Fall Trip|