If you can’t beat em, eat em!

In case you’ve been under a rock, Lake Free­man has been besieged by a few folks who seem to have the answers for pro­tect­ing five species of endan­gered mus­sels and clams on the low­er Tippeca­noe River.

Have you ever eat­en mus­sels? Me nei­ther, I just tried them for the first time and they are deli­cious! You can’t eat the endan­gered ones, that will land you in jail.

Buy the ones in your local gro­cery store or fish market.

They are super easy to pre­pare and pair won­der­ful­ly with a Pinot Noir.


  • Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water or white wine in a pot.
  • Turn the heat to high.
  • Place mussels into the pot and cover.
  • Let cook for 5-10 minutes.
  • When steam starts coming from under the lid, and the shells are open, they're done.
  • Place on a pasta bed with some artichoke hearts and red sauce and enjoy!
Lake Freeman Facts


Hybrid Striped Bass, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, White Bass, White Crappie, Longear Sunfish and Bluegill