Monday, April 21, 2014

Scumliner's Walleye Tacos

While hanging out with the Headhunters Fly Shop crew the other week, John Arnold (a.k.a. scumliner) and I went up to the dam on one of the evenings to swing and strip sculpin patterns for walleye that live (and devour the resident trout) in the Missouri River.  I had never caught a walleye on the fly so it sounded like great fun to end a day on the river.  Over an hour or so we had a few tugs and caught a couple decent sized walleye that John took home for family fish taco night.

John passed along his walleye tacos recipe, which living in South Carolina I may try soon but use bluegill filets instead.


2 Pounds Walleye Fillets
1 Tomato Chopped
Shredded Cabbage
Chopped Onion
Sliced Black Olives
Feta Cheese
Marie Sharp's Habanero Pepper Sauce
Corn Tortillas - Lightly Grilled

Cold Pacifico in the bottle or Tecate cans.

To make the batter take two cups flour and mix in liberal amounts of chile powder, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, etc.  Season to taste.  Whisk two eggs in a bowl.  Take chunks of fillets and dip them in flour mixture, them egg, then flour again.  Fry quickly in hot oil.
Once the walleye is fried place filet pieces on the tortillas and garnish with tomato, cabbage, black olive, onion, feta cheese, and sauce.  Enjoy.

Don't feel to bad for the open season (and no limit) on walleye on the Missouri River.  A fish like the walleye can be devastating to a river system as their diet is largely other fish, including small trout.  John said that recently someone caught a tagged walleye over 30 inches which had traveled from several reservoirs over and was over seventeen years old.  Imagine how many trout that fish had eaten in his lifetime?


Check out the Headhunters Fly Shop website and blog for the latest information on the Missouri River, along with the occasional post on fly fishing for walleye as well.

1 comment:

The NOCO Nympher said...

Nice pics my friend and I am sure the tacos were to die for! Glad you were able to catch that nice walley on the fly! Always a pleasure my friend!