Blue gills in my pond, any good?

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by The Count, May 10, 2012.

  1. The Count

    The Count New Member

    May 29, 2010
    My pond has a whole bunch of critters but only one type of fish a can see, blue gills. In the summer I feed them bread every day. Are those actually good eatin? Anything to be aware of, like like high heavy metal levels?
  2. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I don't know about the metal level, but Blue Gills are a great pan fry fish.

  3. The Count

    The Count New Member

    May 29, 2010
    Lightly flour the whole fish or do you have to take the guts/head out?
  4. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    gut and dehead. You will also need to fillet or descale.
  5. ghrit

    ghrit New Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Endless Mountains, PA
    Yep, pan fry hot in butter for a short time. Hard to beat for a fresh water fish.
  6. GunNut89

    GunNut89 New Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    awesome tasting fish.
  7. H-D

    H-D Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    good taste , lots of bones
  8. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    "Your pond" you say. Wow, when SHTF you'll be kickin back fishing and surviving. Way awesome. Now if you can just catch a pizza out of there you'll have it made.
  9. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Good eating fish, they are. Like H-D said, alot of bones...alot of "fine" bones so eat
    cautiously! My brother back when we were kids always out fishi'n, 'bout got choaked
    to death, or we thought he was.
  10. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    When I lived back east, I'd go ice fishin every evening after work, fill up a couple 5 gal buckets. Dump out on newspaper, filet quick and freeze; little 2 inch wide filets 4 inches long; no bones that way; bread & fry up. Nothing better but walleye & halibut.
  11. Frogtop

    Frogtop New Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    NE Tenn
    Remove scales, de-head and gut or, if large enough, fillet removing skin. Drop in a bag of corn meal (not corn meal mix) with salt and pepper added (also cayenne if you want) shake and ease into pan of hot oil (325 - 350) until brown. Yum! Tune in next week for how to make hushpuppies. This works for all fresh water fish excluding trout.
  12. hunter29180

    hunter29180 Well-Known Member

    if you are worried about metal content, have your pond water tested at the county extension office..cost varies 25-50 i think....if water test high then everythink in pond will be the same level. also good way to see what you would need to filter and clesn water for drinking..if it should become nessary..
  13. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    That is great advice.
  14. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Look over my lack of knowledge here on the subject, but I was always under
    the impression that a person always had to worry about fish taken from
    rivers and streams with runoff from factory/plants, farm field sparying and
    etc..? I never thought that about private ponds.

    Where does the metal content in ponds, say private land ponds, come from?
  15. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

    In my neck of the woods, the soil has a naturally high "iron" content. Personally, I don't see any problem with most naturally occurring "metals" in H2o.

    My primary concern about metals would "mercury" and maybe "lead". But, my BIGGEST concern would be chemicals from area agriculture/horticulture practices. (This is also where "dangerously" high content of metals is most likely to stem from.)

    Last edited: May 11, 2012
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