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#11734540 - 07/21/16 12:08 PM Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe?
livemusic Offline
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Registered: 04/05/16
Posts: 21
Loc: Louisiana, USA
Caught about a ten pound blue on a river last weekend and that fish had two huge egg sacs full of a bazillion eggs. Do catfish spawn mid summer?

Does anyone eat the roe? I know a guy who takes egg sacs from bass and batters them with corn meal and fries them like a fillet. Never tried it. Wonder if catfish roe are edible.
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#11734638 - 07/21/16 01:10 PM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
texashelms Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 170
Yeah I think you're okay eating catfish eggs.

Gar eggs can be poisonous tho.

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#11734818 - 07/21/16 02:30 PM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6078
Loc: texas
Ive eaten them before. Fried them with no batter in a nonstick pan with a little oil like you would fry an egg. They surprisingly tasted like eggs.

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#11734839 - 07/21/16 02:36 PM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 977
Loc: Euless
I have caught them with small egg sacks all the way till August but it is rare. Lots of strange things happen when the rainfalls amounts and weather don't follow a set pattern. I think if some fish don't spawn when they are supposed to they may just absorb the eggs and try again next year.


Edited by Muzzlebrake (07/21/16 02:38 PM)
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#11735984 - 07/22/16 07:32 AM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
Fishbreeder Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 1244
Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
As mentioned above, for many reasons every fish may not spawn every year and females will re-adsorb the energy invested in those eggs and save it for next year. This takes awhile and you can still see egg sacs in catfish well into summer.

However, with respect to eating the eggs, I used to manage a four thousand acre fish farm that processed 150,000 pounds of catfish a day on site. According to the Norwegian buyers, the eggs were at their peak in early spring for harvesting and processing into caviar. After that the quality deteriorates. The eggs are edible and nutritious, but I've never eaten any personally. I have eaten caviar from sturgeon, preserved salmon eggs, some kind of saltwater fish eggs on sushi, and white bass eggs fried with hen's eggs. Not averse to 'em, just never tried some types.

Blue catfish egg sacs tend to be much larger than channel catfish egg sacs but the eggs themselves are much smaller. A ten pound blue catfish is barely mature but you can find eggs in channel catfish that around a pound and a half.

In the lakes set up for it the blue catfish will start spawning in water as cool as the low sixties and continue until temps are well into the eighties. Channel catfish tend to start in the mid seventies, later in the spring than the blues. I took a blue cat spawn once that weighed over 25 pounds and hatched over half a million fry from it. It took two full incubators to hold it. An incubator typically holds about eight channel cat spawns.

One of the best fish on the planet, blue catfish.

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#11737065 - 07/22/16 04:51 PM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1651
Loc: Weatherford, TX
I ain't eatin no Catfish eggs. That's why they make chickens.
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#11740869 - 07/25/16 10:06 AM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
RL206 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 752
Loc: Fate Texas
I fried some from a flathead, they were so rich I couldn't eat them so I gave them to my dog and he threw them up. If you do decide to fry the eggs, watch out because they will pop like little fire crackers and throw hot grease everywhere.

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#11743088 - 07/26/16 12:42 PM Re: Blues spawn in July? / Anyone eat roe? [Re: livemusic]
Tx Tree Grower Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 765
Loc: Palestine, TX
This year has been crazy. Seems like the white bass spawn lasted forever this year. Same for catfish. I know for a fact that on Richland Chambers there were still blues spawning the second week in July. As to the productivity of that spawn I have no idea. No cold weather, mega rains, etc it just throws everything off. Crazy Year!

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