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    I live about three stone throws from the beach on Lake Erie. I grew up loving fresh deep fried or pan fried perch. I have access to someone who has caught a lot and was offered a bunch.

    How is the fat in these fish compared to ocean caught fish? Is it worthwhile getting for more than the taste?

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    A fellow Grokker in Eire?!?! Could it be?!?!

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    lake erie has strong fat in the fish

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    Perhaps because I'm an Ohioan, whenever I think of Lake Erie, I think of the Cuyahoga River....which caught on fire...and then I take a pass on eating any fish from Lake Erie, haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexie View Post
    Perhaps because I'm an Ohioan, whenever I think of Lake Erie, I think of the Cuyahoga River....which caught on fire...and then I take a pass on eating any fish from Lake Erie, haha!
    I thought you Ohioans got that river cleaned up, and those European Zebra Mussels got the rest of the lake cleaned up. I know when I have been out on and in the water it is much clearer.

    "lake erie has strong fat in the fish" So this is a good thing?

    "A fellow Grokker in Eire?!?! Could it be?!?!" Yup - out in Fairview, where are you, What sources for meats have you found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexie View Post
    Perhaps because I'm an Ohioan, whenever I think of Lake Erie, I think of the Cuyahoga River....which caught on fire...and then I take a pass on eating any fish from Lake Erie, haha!
    Funny - I thought the same thing, but they really have cleaned up their act from 50 yrs ago!

    I'm sure that there has been some recent testing about fish contaminants - check it out - and if OK then enjoy!

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    Eh, not sure. I know the EPA sued Akron recently for dumping sewage into the river. I think the Zebra Mussels, which are not native, are also creating problems. I think I read that PCBs are high in Lake Erie fish. Googling, I see that Ohio recommends eating perch (and other fish) from Lake Erie only once a month because of the contaminants.

    Ohio Sport Fish Consumption Advisory - Limit Meals

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    Once a year would probably be all right..

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    Ok, it's been a while since I took a dip in each of the Great Lakes- but Erie was the only warm one- and the only one my sibs and I didn't spend any significant time in. Eew. I wouldn't eat fish from there- and I do eat fish and crabs from the Chesapeake Bay.

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    I was raised on the Maumee River in Ohio, which dumps into Lake Erie near Toledo. We ate walleye, perch, catfish, pike, and bass several times a month when I was a kid. Last summer I went back and caught some catfish, when I mentioned eating them everybody said NOOOOO! I called the local Fish and Game guy and he said it is recommended to eat catfish only once or twice a year, perch were like once or twice a month--they had a list of the fish and contaminates contained in them. (See Lexie's post above!)

    That said, I ate the catfish--they were delicious! However, they do indeed contain contaminates, so enjoy sparingly if at all.

    Now that I'm primal, I would not eat them fried. Not sure how to cook perch that isn't rolled in flour and deep fried. I guess you could sautee the fillets in butter.
    Last edited by otzi; 01-27-2012 at 10:27 AM.

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