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Eating rock bass?
« on: Feb 07, 2013, 07:16 AM »
Anyone eat these little bait thieves? If so, are they good fried or are they a chowder fish?
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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 14, 2013, 02:18 AM »
I like them fried.

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 14, 2013, 08:42 AM »
i hear as long as you catch them in clean water they are good...i catch huge rockies in a lake here in yooper land that possibly could be record fish...but its not bass season...i beleive rockies are a part of the sunfish family?lots of people like them...
i just know they will bite if i stay another hour.

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2013, 02:32 PM »
Rock bass are a sunfish. Here in Ontario they aren't even mentioned in the regs book, no season or limit. Check out your book in Michigan, you could probably keep them if you like. I've had them mixed with walleye and largemouth in a fry, you couldn't tell the difference.

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 15, 2013, 08:12 PM »
We use to eat them all the time.

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 18, 2013, 07:41 AM »
i guess ill have to keep a couple and give it a try!
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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 18, 2013, 07:45 AM »
I eat them when there big enough.
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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 20, 2013, 02:25 PM »
Rock bass are a sunfish. Here in Ontario they aren't even mentioned in the regs book, no season or limit. Check out your book in Michigan, you could probably keep them if you like. I've had them mixed with walleye and largemouth in a fry, you couldn't tell the difference.just checked...open all year.but same limit as gills/sunnies...25 mixed bag of any kind.

i just know they will bite if i stay another hour.

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 24, 2020, 01:54 PM »
Big Rock Bass still have rather small filet meat.  The fish has a large skeletal structure to include large ribs and rib cage cavity space.  The typical 9 to 10 inches long Rock Bass yields a fillet close to that of a 6 to 7 inch Bluegill.  The fillet on the Bluegill will probably still be thicker. 

In summertime warm waters the meat always taste mushy like that of Smallmouth Bass.  In wintertime cold waters they aren't so bad. 
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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 24, 2020, 02:49 PM »
They are best if caught through the ice or in early spring and late fall, when caught out of cold water.  I have found them to be very mushy and fishy tasting in mid summer.  Similar to crappies.

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #10 on: Dec 24, 2020, 04:43 PM »
 
 I have eaten loads of them through the ice
 
 

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 24, 2020, 05:59 PM »
The cat we had when I was growing up refused to eat rock bass, and I respect his opinion.  He LOVED fish, and was discriminating about what kind he ate.  He'd eat channel catfish if that was all there was, but if I cleaned some walleyes first he'd turn up his nose at the catfish and ask for more walleye!

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #12 on: Dec 24, 2020, 07:55 PM »
None for me thanks.
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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #13 on: Dec 25, 2020, 05:55 AM »
Delicous pan-fried in seasoned flour and butter. Rock candy.   :P

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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #14 on: Dec 25, 2020, 08:57 AM »
Delicous pan-fried in seasoned flour and butter. Rock candy.   :P

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Done and done  ;)
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Re: Eating rock bass?
« Reply #15 on: Dec 25, 2020, 09:41 AM »
Nope they dont have alot of meat on them.i also throw sunfish back as they are the grubbiest fish in the lakes i fish at.

 



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