YES they are great to eat. In fact my wife and I just ate that smallie and the black perch for sunday lunch after Church this morning.
I filet the fish, and deep fry them... and we make hush puppies.. and a couple of baked potatoes... white beans... Oh man that's good.
I also like them grilled. I use a mix of 50/50 A1 Sauce and Dales Sauce and let the filets soak in that mix for 10 minutes or so, and grill them up. It does not take long, about 4-5 minutes on each side and they are done, nice a flakey good stuff.
The leaves were still nice a wet this morning and I made a quick run down a hollow here on my place (before Church) and in about 45 minutes got 4 squirrels.
Going to have another fine meal on them here soon.
I saw a guy making squirrel stew on youtube not long ago and it looked good. May have to try that. We usually fry the young squirrels, like chicken, and it is great that way. I think it has better flavor than chicken, but does taste similar. The back is my favorite part.