A great recipe for perch (and it only works with perch, for some reason) is to soak the filets in Sprite for 15 minutes, then dredge in a mixture of 2 cups pancake flour and 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper. Fry in hot oil, about 2 minutes per side. Awesome recipe!
"Trophy" size lake trout are too valuable to be killed. They can live 60 years, so please release them and share the joy!