Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 20: Winter whitefish w/Dale Stroschein

It’s Episode 20 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

Dale Stroschein is a legendary guide, Freshwater Hall of Fame angler, world record holder, and business owner.

He joins me on the show this week for an in-depth chat about fishing.

Our wide-ranging conversation included highlights of Dale’s Hall of Fame career, the origins of his guide service, the early days of the whitefish craze, and tips to help you put more whitefish on the ice this winter.

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Homemade tartar sauce recipe

I know, I know. This isn’t exactly an “outdoors” recipe. But homemade tartar sauce is a wonderful complement to many meals prepared with your wild-caught fish.

It’s quick and easy and, once you’ve tasted it, you’ll never want to choose store-bought tartar sauce again.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Diced pickles
  • 1/4 cup Yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice

Step 1: Place mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Dice pickles and add to mayonnaise.

Step 3: Add yellow mustard and lemon juice.

Step 4: Stir to combine.

Substitutions and tips

I like a good amount of tang in my tartar sauce, but the amounts of yellow mustard and lemon juice can be tailored to fit your taste,

If you want a sweeter sauce, go light on the lemon juice and add honey. If heat is your thing, add a few dashes of hot sauce for a little zip.

Dill can also be added to this recipe for a greater depth of flavor.

Substituting dijon, stone-ground, or spicy brown mustard will also yield unique tastes.

Using avocado mayo will make this recipe Keto-friendly.

This tartar sauce is best enjoyed fresh. If you plan to store it, place it in a tightly-sealed container in your refrigerator and give it a stir periodically.

Deep fried lake trout bites recipe

Lake trout get a bad rap.

Many people don’t consider these cold-water dwellers to be desirable table fare due to the high amount of natural fat these fish carry.

Personally, I find lakers ideal candidates for smoking because the smoke adheres to the fat and creates an incredible flavor.

But if that’s not your jam, don’t fret. You are just a few ingredients away from some delicious fish.

This recipe is simple, relatively fast, and easily adjusted to fit your tastes.

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Fit for a king

This past spring, I was lucky enough to enjoy an incredible steelhead fishing trip close to home with Bailey Adamavich of Crazy4Chrome Guide Service.

During our outing, Bailey mentioned that he guides the Sheboygan River for king salmon in the fall and we talked about how those trips compare to trout fishing floats. He told me about the incredible strength displayed by the kings and promised me I would end the day with two sore arms, if we had a good day.

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An old friend, big fish, and new adventures

It took me a while to realize it, but I am a bit of a homebody.

Not to say that I don’t like adventures and new experiences. I just enjoy a certain level of familiarity and the comfort that comes with it. I’m not averse to trying new things per se, I simply pick and choose my opportunities in a calculated way.

This certainly leads to missing out on some chances and, if I’m honest, I sometimes kick myself for that. But being selective about when and how I step out of my usual surroundings help me try to keep the stress and anxiety in my life at a minimum.

Recently, I had a chance to venture away from home and it was an opportunity I simply couldn’t turn down.

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