From Fishing Pond to My Table

Ember isn’t completely normal. And that’s fantastic!!! She likes black coffee, dark chocolate, good Scandinavian symphonic metal (Nightwish, Floor Jansen, and more), enjoys fishing, and isn’t afraid to get her hands slimy or to give fish a kiss before releasing them 😁 We went fishing at the local community fishery last weekend. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources maintains a statewide system of ponds and stocks them with hatchery raised trout. There’s a two fish per day limit and the upkeep and stocking are funded by fishing licenses.

We each caught and kept two fish. Three of those four fish were hopelessly gut hooked and I couldn’t release them in good conscience. The fourth and last fish was big and looked tasty! I got these fish cleaned at home that evening (the restrooms and fish cleaning station at the pond are still closed for the winter). It was late and I was tired, so I kept the prepped fillets in the fridge until the next night when I put them through an egg wash, dredged them in panko breadcrumbs, and pan fried them in real butter 😋 These fish might have been hatched and raised in a hatchery and they might have been stocked in a man made pond, but they’re still super tasty good eating 😎