Charlotte’s Panko Crusted Beaver Lake Bass

On a recent trip to Northwest Arkansas, we reeled in our limit of a few healthy striped bass on Beaver Lake. Like fishing, preparing a meal together is more about shared quality time than the feast. But there’s something deeply satisfying about fulfilling the hunter and gatherer role.

Using only a few ingredients on hand and some substitutions, we cooked up this tasty and healthy batch of bass. Without lemon, Charlotte quickly grabbed a couple of tangerines to modify our recipe. And it worked! This recipe can be doubled, tripled or cut depending upon your tight lines and bent rods.

2 striped bass fillets
1 egg
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspooon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup flour
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
garlic powder to taste


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  1. Couldn’t agree more. Coming up on our 20th Annual ” Rumble in the Rockies ” flyfishing trip. Henry’s Lake Idaho, Guild Ranch Wyoming, Delaney Buttes, Colorado doesn’t matter. It’s the friends and family on the water, in the kitchen and then by the fire that grounds us. Thanks again Amiko for sharing!

    1. Hi Tony!

      Thanks for your comment. I have never been fly fishing. I’ll have to try it one day. I think it’ll add a challenge, which is appealing to me. But agree with you. It is such a great time for bonding.

      Good times. Thanks for sharing!

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