Local Product Spotlight:Bodin Fisheries


Four generations have worked the waters around Bayfield, Wisconsin to supply fish for Bodin Fisheries. On the shores of Lake Superior, Bodin Fisheries operate a dock, warehouse, and retail shop. They specialize in fresh, frozen, and smoked Lake Superior trout and whitefish.

Fishing boats leave the docks daily to harvest fresh Lake Superior fish. The Bodin Fisheries plant is state and federally inspected. There they process and smoke their freshly caught fish. Bodin’s catches and offers an impressive list of fish: trout, whitefish, herring, salmon, walleye, perch, and smelt (when it’s in season). They also offer whitefish livers, a regional delicacy often sautéed in butter and served with peppers, onions, garlic, and mushrooms.
At the Chequamegon Food Co-op, you’ll find Bodin’s lake trout and whitefish in our frozen department. This local fish makes a relatively inexpensive, excellent source of lean protein. Fish is also loaded with heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Each package contains fresh-caught, then frozen, skinless and pin-boned, individually vacuum-packaged trout or whitefish fillets.

To thaw the fish, you can use one of several methods. If you’re in a hurry, immerse the packaged fillet in cold water and let it sit until thawed. If you will be cooking the fish immediately, you can also defrost the fillet in a microwave until it is just pliable. If time is not an issue, place the sealed package in the refrigerator and let it sit there overnight.
Cooking fish can be as simple or elaborate as your tastes (and time) dictate. For a fresh and easy fish dish, try a marinade of butter, lemon juice, and freshly ground black pepper. Place fillets in a greased baking dish, pour in marinade, and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. For a little more involved fish-based meal, try recipes for fish soup, breaded fish, or fish stir-fry. Just remember, fish is thoroughly cooked when the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, look for an opaque color and easy cutting to tell you when the fish is done.

For more information about Bodin Fisheries, check out bodinfisheries.com or give them a call at (715) 779-3691.