• fillets, 2 per person
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • lard or vegetable oil


Pack other items you might need for a fish fry:


  • Fillet knife for preparing your catch.
  • Large cast-iron skillet in which to cook.
  • Cooking utensils such as a long-blade spatula, tongs and a long-handled serving spoon.
  • Eating utensils such as plates, cups, forks, spoons and knives.
  • A pot holder or oven gloves for handling the hot skillet.



Preparing your own shore lunch is something you can do to make your next fishing trip unforgettable. Fresh fillets pan-fried in a cast-iron skillet take on special flavour when cooked beside the lake from which they were taken.


In backcountry areas, you might simply find a gravel bar or open area along shore where you can prepare and eat your meal. On many lakes and streams, you also can stop at shoreline parks or recreation areas where grills or camp fire grates are available to make shore-lunch preparation quick and easy.


Now, all you need is fresh-caught fish to create a memorable outdoor meal. When you've caught a few keepers, find a quiet spot by the lake or stream, and stop for a while to take in the beauty of your surroundings while you cook a special lunch. If you're cooking over charcoal or hardwood, start the fire, and wait for the coals to turn grey. Or fire up your camp stove and get cooking.


When lunch is over, clean your cook site so it remains unspoiled for those who visit later. Build fires only where permitted, then properly extinguish your fire. When you leave, no evidence of your visit should remain. Carry out all garbage, including fish scraps and uneaten food, for proper disposal.


shake together the corn meal, flour, salt and pepper in a zip-seal plastic bag. Add the fish, and shake to coat.  Add as much fish as you can without crowding it, and cook until the coating is crispy and golden.

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