A Taste of Summer Camping: Pan-Fried Trout

Whistler, Denver & Yellowstone offer campfire cuisine

By , , and ; published Monday, July 9th, 2012

 

 

Dean River, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Sam Beebe - flickr

Trout is a delicate and delicious fish that can be found in the glacier-fed rivers and lakes around Whistler, British Columbia throughout the year. And, these succulent swimmers bring avid fishermen and women to Whislter to explore the cool fresh waters that these trout call home. In the area, you will find both Rainbow and Cutthroat trout from January until December.

The best way to enjoy trout is to plan a camping trip to Garibaldi Provincial Park (you can even book and pay online) and bring your fishing rod to either Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake or Mamquam Lake, and catch your own prize from Mother Nature. After you've caught your trout, fire up a campfire and create your own award-winning pan-fried trout. It doesn't get much better than that!

To fish in British Columbia, you do need a fishing license, so make sure you get one before you start fishing. If fishing isn't your thing, but you love seafood, you will likely find pan-fried trout in one of the many restaurants in Whistler Village.

Arrick Swanson lands a rainbow trout on the Madison River near West Yellowstone
Photo Credit: Steve Larese

The rivers that flow through Yellowstone National Park and nearby West Yellowstone are legendary for their trout. While the fishing within the park is excellent, also try your fly on the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers outside of the park. These waters are open year-round, as opposed to the seasonal fishing allowed within Yellowstone National Park. Want a guide to make sure you'll land a lunker? Call Arrick Swanson at his fly shop in West Yellowstone, and he'll take you to his favorite spot on the Madison beneath Hebgen Lake. If you prefer to catch and release, and leave the cooking to pros, visit Madison Crossing Restaurant in West Yellowstone and try the Campfire Trout, or swagger into Bullwinkle's West Saloon & Eatery for their pan-fried Idaho trout.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Photo Credit: Diana Rowe

Colorado boasts 9,000 miles of trout streams, yet only 168 miles are designated “Gold Medal” by the Colorado Wildlife Commission - a designation only given to the highest quality of aquatic habitat.

When you’re angling for the best, your fishing experience won’t get better than the Gunnison River within the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Gunnison River is designated as Gold Medal Water & Wild Trout Water, with outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. You do have to earn your catch by hiking down to the canyon bottom.


If you want fresh trout without the work, two Denver metro restaurants serve fresh Colorado Rocky Mountain pan-fried trout. Located in downtown, the Broker Restaurant tops their pan-fried trout with toasted almonds, while the Briarwood Inn in Golden serves up Rocky Mountain Ruby Red Trout adding sautéed shrimp, bay scallops, and king crabmeat, finished with hollandaise.

 
 

 

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