KEEP YOUR FISH ON ICE
Surface water temperatures on all lakes are higher than at deeper depths. On many lakes the surface temperature will be in the high 60's or low 70's during the summer.
Fish on a stringer or in a fish basket will become soft and mushy as they sit in the warmer surface waters, fish also tend to be bruised when drug through the water in a basket or on a stringer. If water has algae in it you are infusing this layer of algae into your fish. For various reasons it is not beneficial to keep fish alive on a stringer or in a basket they will not survive if released.
When lakes or reservoirs appear to have a significant algae bloom it is concentrated at the surface and the fish tend to inhabit the deeper colder water where there is less or no algae.
We recommend that you take an extra cooler with ice or freezer packs to store your fish in. If nothing else a plastic bag so you can put them in your food cooler. You will be amazed at the firmness of your fish compared to using a stringer. We also recommend scaling your fish before cleaning, as the scales and mucus membrane (SLIME) on the outside of the fish tend to be absorbed by the meat and produce unwanted flavors when cooking. A chore boy or stainless steel pot scrubber works really well for this purpose.
WE HOPE THESE TIPS WILL HELP YOU ENJOY EATING YOUR FISH
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