This is my first post here, so apologies if this sounds a bit simple.
I'm thinking about catching some freshwater fish to eat.
(I'm a beginner at that too)
I'm wondering, apart from the obvious fly fishing for trout, was is edible in our UK canals, pools and rivers.
I've read about Pike in another post. So thanks for that.
I'm interested in what I can catch locally without paying to go to one of the trout farm in my area. Free is always best
Feel free to create a list. Thanks
Eels......................all edible (and quite delicious, from all accounts.)
Chubb..................I've been told are completely inedible (not poisonous, just unpleasant)
Other species (roach, dace, rudd, etc) I can't help with, I'm afraid.................
by Celtic Mike
Its always best to ask first to make sure.
Such a shame, as the perch and bream fishing here is good!
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by KEITH BROWN
You have to seek clean bodies of water such as the Lochs in Scotland or the Lake District, I’ve eaten Perch as a lad but would not do so now purely for conservation reasons, i.e. let them grow bigger.
Pike I still eat, only up to eight pounds in weight, anything larger tends to be tougher.
Gudgeon are really good prepared like sardines.
Zander are as close to cod as you'll find unless you happen upon burbot ( now extinct in this country ).
Crucian carp are ok - bony but the bones are thick and solid - easy to pick out, what I usualy end up with is bizzarre crucian/goldfish hybrids.
Orfe/ide are supposed to be very good.
I've got a freshwater fish book ( long out of print ) which reviews the eating qualities of the fish. Did you know sticklebacks used to be collected and rendered for oil?
For example I have eaten lots of freshwater eel but by far the best were a couple I caught from Lake Windemere. Probably the best tasting course fish in my opinion is Perch.
One word of warning there has been a lot of reports in the Angling press on Eastern Europeans taking lots of fish for the table and this has led to a number of over reactions from other fisherman. So I suggest only a few fish are taken and it is done discreetly (and within the local by-laws).