I started off stating that as a rule I released my fresh-water fish. There are however some exceptions. Occasionally, I am in the mood for a fish fry, and one of my favorites is crappie. Similar to sunfish but can get bigger and at certain times school up and you can catch many. The little breaded fillets can make for quite a memorable eating experience. Then you have trout, wild(native) and hatchery-raised. The latter is what we get in this neck of the woods. They are farmed by the state to release into the local waters just to catch and take home. They're tasty for sure but my favorite has got to be the yellow perch. A pretty little fish with black & yellow stripes and a green hues. The meat sweet, firm and flaky and can be caught easily on live bait or artificial lures.
While at the lake recently, hooking bluegills left & right, I thought to myself, I have never eaten a sunfish. I know many people do, I just never have. Some of the ones I was pulling in were huge, pan-filling size. So it got me thinking, I just might want to see how these guys rate. So I got a nice fire going in the pit, since I had some Korean beef marinating for cooking over coals, I thought I would just stick a cast-iron fry pan over those same coals to fry some fillets.
In the end, I have to say not my favorite fish to eat. That being said, I've had worse. Yes it was very bony, and allot of work for little return but, the meat tasted pretty good. Flaky, sweet & moist and I had a blast catching & cooking them on the open fire and it was a meal obtained just steps from my front door. Good stuff!