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BOA Sweet-Sour Stir Fry Walleye

Cooking Walleye of a fire

Ingredients:

  • 10 lbs walleye fillets, deboned and cut into 1” chunks
  • Shore lunch of your choice (I use FM Walleye Cajun Shorelunch)
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 3 large onions
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 3 Jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • Sweet-sour sauce (I use Kraft)

Directions:

Start by preparing the veggies. Slice the onions and peppers and set aside until ready to stir fry. The fish will need to be deep-fried in the shorelunch of your choice. I soak the fish in a milk/egg mixture and drop into the shorelunch for coating then deep-fry. After the fish is done, set aside. Stir fry all the veggies in light oil and high heat. To add to the total outdoor experience, try doing over an open fire in a large 16 or 20 qt frypan. When the veggies are ¾ done, add the fish and enough sweet-sour sauce to cover everything. Gently stir it into the mixture. This recipe will feed 10 to 20 people.

 

Running & Gunning with The Lake Runner

Running and Gunning

Nothing is more abusive to ice fishing gear than big water. The conditions faced on big water environments, such as Lake of the Woods, Lake Winnipeg or the Great Lakes, can tear apart even the toughest plastic gear sleds in no time. Rough terrain, ice chunks and pressure ridges, combined with the sheer distances traveled on these massive bodies of water, can even wear through the bottoms of the sleds with hyfax runners installed! Not to mention the abuse that these sleds take when they are weighted down with all of the gear necessary for a full day or multiple days out on the ice.

Eskimo Ice Fishing Gear, a pioneer in the design of innovative ice fishing equipment, has developed the first of its kind big water gear hauler. The Lake Runner is by design, built to take the beating that these harsh environments can dish out and keep coming back strong. What’s more, this versatile gear hauler is one piece of equipment that soon finds its home in more places than just the ice.

Today’s run and gun approach to ice angling creates even more need for a fast and durable way to move gear around from area to area throughout the day. Having fished the frozen expanses of Lake Winnipeg in search of trophy greenback walleyes for a number of years we quickly learned that a gear hauler is not simply used to carry equipment from the landing to a fishing spot. Rather, it is a “Boat on Ice” for the serious, hard water angler. Often times covering 10-20 square miles of ice in a day, and drilling 50+ holes in that area searching for active fish, it was not uncommon to bring home a plastic sled with holes worn through the bottom, or cracks in the body of the tub.

The Lake Runner takes the “Boat on Ice” concept to the next level. Built for speed, it can easily track behind a sled at 50-60 miles per hour when running from one area of the lake to another. These long runs are often necessary where access is limited to the areas where fishing is targeted. For instance, anglers staying near the mouth of the Rainy River, near Baudette, MN on Lake of the Woods often times make the nearly 40-mile run up into the NW Angle to fish the islands and reefs that are loaded with walleye, crappie and perch during the hard water season. Lifting the tub off of the ground by 6” the Lake Runner’s design creates much less resistance, all but eliminating “plowing” through deep snow. The skis provide great stability and tracking when running at higher speeds. This unit is virtually impossible to tip over, at any speed, when loaded properly.

Built for durability, with a frame and skis made of high strength steel this is not a toy. Locked into the travel position it boasts a carrying capacity of 900 pounds! This is more than enough for even the most heavily packed angler to bring everything that he can fit into the tub for an excursion out on the ice. It also lends itself to the versatility mentioned earlier. Many individuals have extended the practical uses of this heavy-duty hauler to late season hunts and hauling a trophy buck out from deep in cover, hauling firewood into a north woods cabin, or packing camping gear into a remote winter camp.

Back to the big water ice, the Lake Runner is built with the same tub used as a base for the Eskimo FlipMo 2 Inferno flip over style shelter. This feature allows it to be mounted to the Lake Runner and become an integral part of the “Boat on Ice”. By quickly pulling two pins, the unique design of the Lake Runner allows the tub to be dropped down onto the ice, and the flip over shelter set up in a matter of seconds, making it the perfect combination for the “Running and Gunning” technique on blustery, sub-zero days. The ability to quickly move from place to place in search of active fish, and then set up to get out of the elements, further facilitates the ability to stay out longer and cover more ice, a key in landing that trophy, or filling out a limit of eaters for the frying pan.

A word of caution, when packing your gear into the Lake Runner, or any gear hauler sled, always take the time to secure your gear in a way that is safe and easy to access. One piece of loose equipment, such as a propane tank, or ice auger, can act like a bowling ball in a roll-over bus; with something inevitably getting broken! In the rush to cover more ice, and try another perspective spot, many anglers forget to securely pack away their gear. It may not be the long run that gets them in the end, but rather the short hops from spot to spot that cause the most damage.

Designed with the big water in mind, the Lake Runner is just as functional on small bodies of water, whether it is a local lake or a remote access pond, the Lake Runner will get your gear there.

 

Fish Boil

Boiling Fish

Ingredients:

  • 16 sm. onions
  • 16 sm. potatoes
  • 1/2 lb. non-iodized salt, divided
  • 16 chunks white fish (7-8 lbs.)
  • 8 lemon wedges for garnish
  • 3/4 c. melted butter

Directions:

Peel onions. Wash potatoes and slice a small piece off ends, but do not peel. Bring 2 gallons water to a boil in a large kettle, one with removable basket works best. Add 1/4 pound salt and bring to boil again. Add potatoes and boil, uncovered, 16 minutes. Add onions and boil, uncovered, 4 minutes longer. Place fish in basket. Put in kettle with remaining 1/4 pound salt. Boil, uncovered, 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Skim off any fish oil that accumulated during cooking. Drain into colander. Place fish and vegetables on platter or plates. Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve with melted butter. Serve with cold slaw, rye bread and cherry pie.

A large quantity of salt is traditional in this recipe. The amount may be reduced, if desired.

 

BAO Bacon Fried Walleye

BAO Bacon Fried Walleye

Next time you want to try something a little different,try this recipe,everything is better with bacon.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless walleye fillets
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • Lemon-pepper seasoning

Directions:

Chop the bacon into small pieces and cook on medium heat in a skillet.Keep stirring until the bacon is cooked about half way.At this point add the onions and celery to the bacon and sautéuntil the bacon is filly cooked.Remove from heat and strain out the bacon/onion/celery mixture placing it in a bowl and keeping the bacon grease in the pan.Turn the heat back on to medium high and place fillets into the pan.Cook for a couple minutes on each side.Place the cooked fillets in a plate and cover with the bacon mixture.Sprinkle with small amounts of lemon-pepper.

 

Kellsey’s Crappie Tacos

Kellsey’s Crappie Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound crappie or other white flaky fish
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime,juiced
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno,coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 8 whole wheat tortillas

Garnish:

  • Shredded cabbage
  • Hot sauce
  • Sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Chopped tomatoes

Directions:

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.Place fish in a medium size dish.Whisk together the oil,lime juice,chili powder,jalapeno,and cilantro and pour over the fish.Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the fish from the marinade and place onto a hot grill or skillet,flesh side down.Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove.Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.

Place the tortillas on the grill or skillet and grill for 20 seconds.Divide the fish among the tortillas and top with any or all of the garnishes.Enjoy!

 

Brewer’s Walleye Chowder

Brewer’s Walleye Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb fish fillets
  • 2 T. chopped bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 1/2 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 t. salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2 cups milk/cream
  • 1 T. butter
  • Chopped parsley

Directions:

Remove skin and bones from fish and cut into 1 inch pieces. Fry bacon until crisp. Add onions and cook until tender. Add potatoes, water, seasonings and fish. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are done. Add milk and butter. Heat. Sprinkle with parsley.

Add diced green/red/yellow/orange bell peppers and frozen corn for added flavor, color & texture.

This is the base recipe. My style of cooking is to vary recipes for experimentation. Usually I vary a lot. I recommend you do the same. The problem is that I generally cannot recreate when I hit a homerun. With this recipe I would/did go heavy on the fish and bacon. Maybe add a little diced garlic. Celery is good in it also. I may have added some evaporated milk or heavy cream in place of some of the milk. Go with the things your family likes. Play around and have fun with it. It’s a great way to use up some extra fish in the freezer. You can also mix and match fish and no one will ever be the wiser.

 

Put the odds in your favor this winter

A Beautiful Northern Pike

Fishing is a unique sport. People of all ages, gender, geographic location, and nationality enjoy the sport we all love. Whether you're a beginning fisherman, a seasoned ice angler, or a professional, we all rise to the challenge of locating and ultimately catching our prey.

Many people ask, “What is the secret to being successful on the ice?", or “What is the answer to catching a trophy?". Great anglers are very good at the little things; attention to detail. Have you ever fished next to someone who out fished you 2 to 1? How about 10 to 1? I've been there and I think we all have been. The difference is usually some small detail that others overlook. Maybe its the cadence they use to set their lure in motion, or as simple a being 1 inch off bottom instead of 2. Could the use of a small swivel a foot or two above the lure be the difference? Yup. How about using some scent on your lures?

When examining these details the mystery and frustration of being the one NOT catching fish can soon disappear. Another often overlooked detail that makes some anglers more effective is the amount of time that their lure is in the water in front of their quarry. On the ice, mobility is an immense advantage. The ability to move and quickly have the lure back in the water can mean putting several more fish on the ice by the end of the day.

A dependable power auger, like the Eskimo Shark, and portable shelter are keys to this scenario. Being agile and mobile is very important when searching for active fish as well as the ability to cover up and concentrate, out of the elements, once they’re located. Both flip over and pop-up style houses offered by Eskimo excel in different situations and it’s a good idea to have each at your disposal. Put the odds in your favor every time you head onto the ice this season. Make sure your equipment is in excellent shape, be geared up for the situation your in, listen to what the fish tell you, have a game plan.

…and set the hook!

 

Ardisam Inc

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