First Time Cooking Your Big Bear Lake Catch? 4 Things You Should Know!
Provided by: The Big Bear Lake Marketing Association
You've had a great day of fishing with your family or friends and now you're all ready for a delectable dinner that includes your fresh catch. You can practically see it and taste it already… a nice white fillet that flakes at the touch of your fork and melts in your mouth.
There's just one concern, it's your first attempt at cooking your catch and you don't want your main course to come out tasting like rubber or cardboard. Well, guess what? Learning how to prepare and how to cook fresh fish is easier than you think if you follow a few simple guidelines.
1. Put your catch on ice immediately. Always ice your catch, even on cold days. Have a large cooler on hand with plenty of ice and place your fish right side up on top of the ice right away. Cover the fish with a layer of ice on top and make sure the lid on your cooler seals tightly. If the ice starts to melt, use the spigot on your cooler to drain any excess water out. Keep your fish in a sealed cooler on ice until you get back to the dock or fillet station to clean them.
2. Eat the fish the same day you catch it if possible. Fresh fish should keep in your refrigerator for 2-3 days after being caught; however, it's always best to eat it the same day you catch it. Once you take the fish out of your cooler, store it in a resealable bag in the coldest part of your fridge. A few hours before cooking, remove the fillets from the bag and rinse them off to remove any loose scales. Then, pat the fillets dry and leave in the fridge uncovered on a baking sheet until cooking time.
3. Use the 10-minute cooking rule. Cook fish fillets 10 minutes per inch, turning halfway through the cooking time. For example, a one-inch fish fillet should be cooked 5 minutes on each side for a total of 10 minutes.
4. Fish is cooked when the fillets turn opaque and are firm. This is an important tip to remember if you want to avoid over-cooked, rubbery fillets. The fish will be done when the fillets turn from translucent to opaque or white and feel firm but are still moist. The fillets should be just ready to flake.
Attention to these details regarding storage and preparation will help ensure that your catch tastes fantastic when it gets to the dinner table.
Fishing and Charter InformationUpdated: OCTOBER 11, 2014.
October 11, 2014 - Fishing Report
There's no finer time to be out on beautiful Big Bear Lake trolling for rainbow trout. The tree leaves are turning vibrant colors before our eyes daily now. The air is starting to chill with the scent of wood burning from chimney's and there's frost on the boat in the morning now! All these are indicators that the trout are about to adjust to the cooler water temperatures and the bite will be on most days to come before seasons end. This is truly prime time to be on the lake since all other recreation activities have subsided and fishing is the main attraction now with incredible conditions. The past couple weeks through a curve at us several times as we expected and we had to work a bit harder to locate and get the trouts attention. With the water temperatures adjusting and a huge plant for TroutfesT the fish were temperamental at times as they scatter all around the lake. The good news is the past six hours of fishing did bring a change for the better for those trolling. Last weekend was TroutfesT 2014 and Lucky Bear Fishing Friend John Rizya and his family had success trolling night crawlers on their down rigger and leaded line. The youngest of the Rizya Family, Deztany, won FIRST PLACE of the girls division. Deztany's grandpa, John did a excellent job putting the family on the fish and Deztany did a great job catching!! Please see our special report on these TroutfesT memories at our Lucky Bear FaceBook page and please LIKE US. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.733428596694123.1073741875.106167629420226&type=1The past two weeks the majority of our fish have been caught along the south shore from Gilner Pt to Papoose Bay and in the middle of the lake many times. We did catch along the north shore from SS Relief to the West Ramp but many times we could find a good pattern and get into fish before venturing too far from Metcalf Bay and Boulder Bay. There were times we did get into double and triple hits which is always nice and brings memorable excitement to the trip! The down riggers were at 3-15 feet most times and leaded lines from 2-4 colors. Down riggers did well with custom made spinners tipped with crawlers and the hottest lures on leaded lines were Watermelon and Red Magic Needlefish, brown and gold colored/patterned Rapalas, Phoebes and Little Warriors in Green Gobie and Heavens Door both with copper backs. Flat lining a variety of Rapalas and Flicker Shads has brought a few of the larger fish ranging 2 1/2-3 pounds. Timing has been hard to call but fortunately three hour trips seem to always average from 5-15 fish and occasionally late mornings-mid day did have a little more action. Everyone is mentioning the ideal weather and beauty of the ever changing scenery and enjoying the photo opportunities. There is no better time to plan a getaway to Big Bear after summer has ended and before the winter rush- a special calm or LULL that most locals and visitors who know enjoy most!
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