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Fish Recipes & Health Benefits
Fish Recipes & Health Benefits

​​​​​​​​​​​​Some anglers are catch-and release folk and that’s just fine with us. However, there are many fishermen who regard fishing as only half the fun. Eating fish is the other half. 

Many anglers have their own favorite recipes for trout, mackinaw, kokanee salmon, bass, wiper, walleye, perch, crappie, bluegill and catfish. So why not share them with others and maybe learn some new ones in the process?

If you have a recipe you would like to submit, send us an email. Please include your favorite recipe, your contact information, and a jpeg picture of your dish if you have one. All contributions are welcome, from crappie scampi to carp dumplings. Be creative, and send us as many recipes as you can!

Featured Recipes
Mustard Kokanee Salmon
Submitted by Noel Weis Kokanee

Dijon mustard
Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Salt and Pepper
2 Tble Spoons Melted Butter
Place filets on heavy duty foil and coat the top side with dijon mustard, next cover the mustard with the bread crumbs, then drizzle the melted butter over the filets and salt and pepper. Bar-b-q or bake until the filets flake with a fork.
Barbequed Northern Pike
Submitted by David J. Barber

Baste Northern Pike filets with a mixture of melted butter and white cooking sherry. Season with McCormick's Caribbean Jerk Seasoning on both sides of each filet Place on heavy aluminum foil Add Red, Yellow and Orange pepper slices along with several small pats of butter. Wrap tightly in several layers of foil to tightly seal. Poach on grill at low heat for approximately 1/2 hour-45 minutes
Trout Cakes
Submitted by Celestino Santistevan

2 pan-size trout (10-12 inches)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
3 Tbsp parsley
2 eggs (well beaten)
1 to 1 1/2 cps dry bread crumbs
3 Tbsp butter
black pepper to taste

Cook the trout in the oven or a frying pan until the meat is tender and flaky. Debone the fish, and add all the remaining ingredients except the butter. Form the mixture into patties and fry with butter over medium heat until lightly brown. Enjoy!
Insert Trout Here
Submitted by Rodney Wallace

Simply replace trout in any recipe that is used for tuna, salmon or chicken.  My personal favorite is trout salad sandwiches.
One good size trout (-+ 2 lbs..)
Four hard boiled eggs
One small to medium onion
Half a palm of parsley flakes
Two healthy pinches of pepper
One tablespoon of yellow mustard
One cup of mayonnaise (add more to make it more moist or less if you like it dry)
Grill up the trout and take the meat off the bone.
Cut up the hard boiled eggs and onions.
Throw all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix it up. 
Throw it on some bread and go to town.
(change it up with toasted bread and a slice of cheese.)
Lake Trout Recipes

​Health Benefits

Fish chef clip-artEating fish is certainly healthy. Fish meat is high in protein and low in fat, except for omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly beneficial to humans. Medical studies over the years have found that regular fish intake has major benefits, including: 

  • Lowers cholesterol, helps weight loss and improves overall health, according to researchers and dieticians. 

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease. A 1998 study found that men who ate fish at least once a week reduced their risk of sudden cardiac death by 52 percent, compared to men who ate fish less than once a month. The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fish per week. 

  • Reduces the risk of strokes. A study by the American Medical Association found that men who ate fish one to three times a month had 43 percent fewer strokes than those who ate no fish at all. That’s because the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish prevent blood clots from forming and thus reduce the likelihood of ischemic strokes. 

  • Lowers blood pressure in people with untreated high blood pressure. Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of dietary fish intake combined with weight loss to lower blood pressure. 

  • May help reduce the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. A study by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that cold-water fish are particularly helpful in this regard. 

  • May protect against breast cancer. Researchers have also found that fish oil seems to inhibit other cancers including those of the colon, skin, pancreas, prostate, lung and larynx. 

  • ​Reduces hypertension and lowers the risk of depression. Several studies have confirmed the link between fish intake and a happier outlook on life. Some experts believe that fish oil blocks the abnormal signaling in the brain that is present in mania and depression. 

  • ​Protects against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States. AMD usually affects the central vision of people over 60. Most victims do not go completely blind but must curtail daily activities such as reading and driving. 

Fish on dinner plate clipartHealth Advisory When Eating Fish 

There are some risks associated with eating fish with contaminants exceeding certain levels. Anglers are advised to view the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)​​ Fish Con​sumption​website to learn more and view a comprehensive map with exact fishing locations with advisories in Colorado.​ ​​