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Fishing is one of those things that I never imagined liking as much as I do now. My Dad would take my three sisters and me fishing at the lake by our house when we were small. We’d cram into a tiny rowboat and my dad would try to enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors, while we’d fidget about and try to keep the boat as still as possible. You can imagine how well that went. At least now I can look back on it and laugh, realizing how truly silly we all must have looked; getting the line caught in each other’s hair, or tangling it on a submerged log.
I can thank my Dad for introducing me to summer fishing, but it was my husband that first brought me out ice fishing. I don’t know exactly when I started to enjoy being outdoors in the winter, but I can thank him for pushing me out of my comfort zone and taking us on adventures in the snow. Last year our kids learned how to use their first jigging rods, and I caught my first trout ice fishing. I can honestly say that I haven’t enjoyed one trout that I’ve cooked until this one. I’ve always struggled with deboning and seasoning them, but I was determined to create a dish that I loved like all of the other dishes I cook over the summer with sunfish and crappie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Check out episode 219 of the Wild Fish and Game podcast, Ice Fishing in Pajamas to learn more about ice fishing.
Serving Size: 4
Time to make: 60 minutes
Also works with: Salmon, lake trout
Serve with: Serve with blackened string beans and mushrooms over rice or on top a bed of garlic buttered noodles. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top and dig in.
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