Northern Pike

Amazing Ice Tale

Posted by MNAngler On January - 20 - 20101 COMMENT

I haven’t been able to get out on the ice in the past few weeks, so I haven’t had any ice fishing stories to tell. However, in talking with my buddy, Dan, he recalled an amazing story that happened to him and one of his friends while ice fishing in Northern Minnesota several years ago. Dan and some buddies were up in the Boundary Waters ice fishing. (For you non-Minnesotans, the lakes on the border between Minnesota and Canada are often referred to as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).... (more...)

Goals for 2010

Posted by MNAngler On January - 1 - 20101 COMMENT
Goals for 2010

Welcome to 2010! The beginning of each year brings New Year’s resolutions. I’m not much for resolutions as they tend to become broken promises. However, goals are more realistic and give you something to strive for. Here are mine for 2010: Fish 40 days out of the year (28 in 2009) Have patience to try new lures and new techniques Start float tubing Catch an average of 1.5 fish per day (1.04 in 2009) Catch an 18″ Smallmouth Bass (2009 best: 15″) Catch an 18″ Largemouth... (more...)

Year in Review: 2009

Posted by MNAngler On December - 31 - 20091 COMMENT
Year in Review: 2009

Thanx to my diligence in using FishSwami this year, I have a summary of my fishing excursions for 2009. Here are the results: Days Fished: 28 Fish Caught: 29 Locations Fished: 7 Patterns Fished: 6 Most fish caught in one day: 3 on June 14th Northern Pike: 10 Smallmouth Bass: 9 Largemouth Bass: 7 Walleye: 1 Muskie: 0 These probably aren’t very impressive numbers to you hard-core anglers, but I’m happy with them. Of course I would have liked to catch more (and bigger) fish, but the best... (more...)

Pickled Northern – The Result

Posted by MNAngler On November - 17 - 20095 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern - The Result

The results are in. And nobody was voted off! After letting our Northern simmer and stew in pickling brine for the minimum 8 days (we were impatient), we finally got to try some. They turned out great! The taste and texture was just like pickled herring. The difference was that our pickled Northern, especially in the smaller pint jars, was a bit more sour than store bought pickled herring. My stomach wasn’t used to it, so I couldn’t eat too much in one sitting–even though... (more...)

Pickled Northern Pike Recipe

Posted by MNAngler On November - 14 - 20099 COMMENTS

I know you’re as anxious to hear how our pickled Northern turned out as I am to try them. I’ve got a few more days to wait, but in the meantime, here’s the Pickled Northern recipe all in one place (click on the step link to see my result): Pickled Northern Step 1: Cut 60 to 75 bite size pieces of fish One cup of non-iodized salt to 1 gallon jar 1/2 full of water Add fish until jar is full Let stand for 48 hours Step 2: Pour off salt water, rinse Soak fish in white vinegar for 24... (more...)

Pickled Northern – Steps 3, 4, and 5

Posted by MNAngler On November - 8 - 200910 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern - Steps 3, 4, and 5

After soaking our Northern Pike for 24 hours, we were now ready to finish the recipe. My wife did step 3 without me: Boil together for 5 minutes the following ingredients: 1 1/2 cup of sugar 3 cups of white vinegar 4 bay leafs 1 tsp whole all spice 3 tsp mustard seed 1 1/2 tsp whole black pepper 6 to 7 red peppers or whole chili peppers Let cool at room temp – Make sure the brine is cooled down before adding items below or your meat will not be firm !!!!! She made two versions: one spicy... (more...)

Pickled Northern – Step 2

Posted by MNAngler On November - 7 - 20092 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern - Step 2

Forty-eight hours after step 1 of our Pickled Northern Pike recipe, we moved on to step 2: Pour off salt water, rinse Soak fish in white vinegar for 24 hours Drain vinegar off – discard The fish had changed color due to the brine soak. It was a little more translucent. Rinsed and ready for vinegar. Extreme close-up! Fish chunks in their vinegar bath. Until tomorrow… Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like Loading... Read More →

Pickled Northern – Step 1

Posted by MNAngler On November - 5 - 20096 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern - Step 1

I’ve never been a big fan of Northern Pike. I’m not really a catch-and-release fisherman (except when it comes to muskie), so I like to eat what I catch. But Northern aren’t what I would call a delicacy. Their many, many tiny bones and fishy smell make them one of the less desirable species I like to put on the table. But recently, I heard about pickling them. As an adult, I became a fan of pickled herring during the holidays, so pickled Northern Pike sounded like a natural... (more...)

Summer Bonfire

Posted by MNAngler On November - 1 - 20092 COMMENTS

The scene opens with a view of the lake. A dock is in the foreground, a full moon shining brightly in the night sky. The reflection of the moon paints a path to the dock, empty except for a bench made for two. The sound of a crackling fire can be heard somewhere nearby. The camera pans to the left to find a bonfire on the shore. Two young kids sit enjoying the fire with their parents and grandparents. “Tells us the story again, grandpa,” the young girl exclaims. “Yeah, tell... (more...)

The Poplar Lake Monster

Posted by MNAngler On October - 31 - 20091 COMMENT

[In honor of Halloween, I thought you might like to hear about a story among our family of a legend on the Gunflint Trail.] Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a young fisherman who caught his very first walleye in Poplar Lake. He was very excited, but he caught it late in the evening and by the time he got back, it was too dark to clean it. He left it on a stringer tied to the dock. The next morning, at about 7am, he and his father-in-law decided to go fishing again. As the two walked... (more...)