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Old 07-08-2021, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default Why is Walleye Not Available?

Why is Walleye not available at any restaurants and seafood departments here in Texas? Is there a legal reason behind this?
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:12 PM   #2
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Tilapia is easier and cheaper to acquire would be my guess.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:18 PM   #3
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Man... Walleye just doesn't freeze well. Fresh it's amazing. Frozen... just not the same.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:19 PM   #4
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I think it's pretty expensive for the restaurants to get it down here. I would love to be able get some good walleye!!
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:21 PM   #5
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Game fish just like bass and crappie
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:36 PM   #6
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There's a place I go to here every month or two and do Walleye fish and chips. We have Walleye in the lakes here but it's listed as Alaskan Walleye on the menu, not sure if it actually comes from Alaska or if that's the species but either way it's good.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:37 PM   #7
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Only a few lake in the state have them. They quit stocking them a long time ago.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:40 PM   #8
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I had some once in Fargo. Even frozen, (I’m assuming), it was delicious !
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:44 PM   #9
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Culver’s serves walleye.

I brought a bunch of it back from Nebraska. **** good eating fish. Like exceptional.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:45 PM   #10
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Walleyedirect.com sells it.

Not Cheap.
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Old 07-08-2021, 02:57 PM   #11
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they aren't native here so it has to be shipped and a lot of locals have never had it so there is not the market for it.
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Old 07-08-2021, 03:07 PM   #12
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Culverís serves walleye.

I brought a bunch of it back from Nebraska. **** good eating fish. Like exceptional.
Yep. Used to be a Culvers in the Woodlands, but I don't know if it's still there.
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Old 07-08-2021, 03:47 PM   #13
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I'd put fresh walleye fillets fried up on a lake beach right there with Crappie. I've never had it frozen so can't speak to that.
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Old 07-08-2021, 03:51 PM   #14
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Used to be Walleye Wednesdays at the place at Bass Pro in Grapevine. Was good stuff
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Old 07-08-2021, 04:00 PM   #15
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Only a few lake in the state have them. They quit stocking them a long time ago.
I didnít know any lakes in Texas had them?
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Old 07-08-2021, 04:06 PM   #16
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I didnít know any lakes in Texas had them?
Lake Meridith used to have some. I donít know if they still do.

They stocked some in Canyon a long time ago. Donít know anyone who ever caught one
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Old 07-08-2021, 04:10 PM   #17
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Walleye Wednesday was a staple many years ago at uncle bucks. Seems all our happy hours were on Wednesday....go figure. It was all you can eat and the old Tbh crew could eat some fish.
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Old 07-08-2021, 05:03 PM   #18
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Walleye freezes quite well, we have a bunch in our freezer now , but I wouldn't leave it in there for a long time.
It is a very clean tasting fish but a pain to filet due to the Y bones.

We were trading game meat for walleye filets but our fisherman moved to Nevada, bummer!

We have some great walleye fishing in Wyoming, Eastern side. I believe some of the lakes in NM also have some, Elephant Butte.
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Old 07-08-2021, 05:56 PM   #19
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I didnít know any lakes in Texas had them?
Yea ago we use to catch then regularly on Texoma. I mean every so often.
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Old 07-08-2021, 06:38 PM   #20
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Game fish just like bass and crappie
???? catfish tho ??
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Old 07-08-2021, 06:42 PM   #21
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???? catfish tho ??
Redfish?
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Old 07-08-2021, 06:44 PM   #22
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All the game fish you buy in stores and restaurants is farmed, or fished commercially. I doubt walleye lends itself well to farming.


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Old 07-08-2021, 07:02 PM   #23
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Supposed to be some in Wheeler branch. Every time I've been the gate guys pulls up in a golf cart when we're loading up and asks if we caught walleye or not.
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Old 07-08-2021, 07:08 PM   #24
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Heard Broken Bow has em.

Let's get a group together and go fill the freezers!
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Old 07-08-2021, 07:16 PM   #25
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All the game fish you buy in stores and restaurants is farmed, or fished commercially. I doubt walleye lends itself well to farming.
Where's a smart entrepreneur when ya need one
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Old 07-08-2021, 07:52 PM   #26
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I'd put fresh walleye fillets fried up on a lake beach right there with Crappie. I've never had it frozen so can't speak to that.

Give me the walleye!!! And I've ate a crappie or 2!!!
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:10 PM   #27
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Culverís serves walleye.

I brought a bunch of it back from Nebraska. **** good eating fish. Like exceptional.
Culvers only has walleye "in season", at least in Flower Mound. Not sure what constitutes 'in season'. Very good eating.
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Old 07-08-2021, 11:04 PM   #28
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Most walleye in the restaurants come out of the Great Lakes. Great fish
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Old 07-08-2021, 11:22 PM   #29
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I didnít know any lakes in Texas had them?
When I was a kid I caught a 4lb one at the spillway behind the dam at Moss Lake. I still remember us frying it up
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Old 07-09-2021, 12:03 AM   #30
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Lake Meridith used to have some. I donít know if they still do.

They stocked some in Canyon a long time ago. Donít know anyone who ever caught one
We caught some after they stocked them. Used to see them here when bowfishing but haven't seen one in maybe 35 years.
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Old 07-09-2021, 01:27 AM   #31
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Walleye freezes quite well, we have a bunch in our freezer now , but I wouldn't leave it in there for a long time.
It is a very clean tasting fish but a pain to filet due to the Y bones.

We were trading game meat for walleye filets but our fisherman moved to Nevada, bummer!

We have some great walleye fishing in Wyoming, Eastern side. I believe some of the lakes in NM also have some, Elephant Butte.

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Old 07-09-2021, 04:09 AM   #32
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Culverís serves walleye.

I brought a bunch of it back from Nebraska. **** good eating fish. Like exceptional.
Yes, I was told that we were having a walleye fish fry on the last day of a bear hunt I was on. I asked if it was better than crappie. The chef said it was, and she was right! Some of the best fried fish I ever had, maybe the best.
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Old 07-09-2021, 06:55 AM   #33
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Walleye is the only fish I will keep to eat up here. Walleye is what the more serious fisherman go after up here unless you are fly fishing, and then it is all about the trout species.
We have some of the best Walleye waters in the Rocky Mountains.

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Old 07-09-2021, 07:21 AM   #34
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Because itís not the same after itís frozen


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Old 07-09-2021, 09:29 AM   #35
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WyoBUll do you freeze yours?
Freezing walleye does not affect it dramatically if you thaw it out right and treat it right before cooking.

Roll the filets in panko breadcrumbs and pan fry in olive oil.
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Old 07-09-2021, 12:33 PM   #36
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Heard Broken Bow has em.

Let's get a group together and go fill the freezers!
Now this is an idea worth exploring!

Back in high school (early 80's), I caught one in Texoma while trolling deep for striper. We let it go since it was the only one we'd ever seen in the lake. It remains the only one I've seen.

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Old 07-09-2021, 01:00 PM   #37
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WyoBUll do you freeze yours?
Freezing walleye does not affect it dramatically if you thaw it out right and treat it right before cooking.

Roll the filets in panko breadcrumbs and pan fry in olive oil.
Yes, absolutely you can freeze it just fine.

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Old 07-09-2021, 01:43 PM   #38
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We used to catch walleye in Lake Mackenzie and Meredith when I was growing up. Great eating fish. Yellow perch (walleye cousins) might be slightly better. They both give crappie a run for the money. Hard to pick a favorite from those 3 for me.
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Old 07-09-2021, 01:55 PM   #39
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Walleye Wednesday was a staple many years ago at uncle bucks. Seems all our happy hours were on Wednesday....go figure. It was all you can eat and the old Tbh crew could eat some fish.
We put some fish away! Good times back in the day.
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Old 07-09-2021, 02:05 PM   #40
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Worked 2 months years ago in Fargo ND waiting on the town to flood and it never did! Found a bowling alley with 1/2 price food and bowling and $1 long necks from 2-4 daily! We loved like kings for 2 hours for $20 a piece! Fried walleye sammich was $3.50 with fries then!!
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Old 07-09-2021, 04:22 PM   #41
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We used to catch walleye in Lake Mackenzie and Meredith when I was growing up. Great eating fish. Yellow perch (walleye cousins) might be slightly better. They both give crappie a run for the money. Hard to pick a favorite from those 3 for me.

I agree on the yellow perch, beautiful clean tasting filets.
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Old 07-10-2021, 06:12 AM   #42
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I caught one on Lake Travis 40+ years ago!
I had no clue what it was and had to look it up.

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Old 07-10-2021, 07:09 AM   #43
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We used to catch lots of them in Meredith and Ute when I was a kid. We would fish a light Aberdeen crappie hook on a light weighted Carolina rig deep and slow and always caught a mixed bag of largemouth, smallmouth, crappie, sand bass, catfish and walleye. I loved fishing that way as a kid and loved the variety. Walleye was by far the best eating…not even close!

If you catch one make sure you lip him firmly real quick before he gets away! lol
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