Crappie Fish Cleaning Tips
This technique is nothing new for you old fishing
folks, but for the new ones this will help you get started.
A lot of folks like using the Electric Knife, and I
guess I am like the old dog that does not want to learn new tricks,
not to mention that it will waste a lot of meat. I recommend using the manual Fillet
Warning, this is a very
sharp Knife and it does not know the difference between
Crappie and your fingers.
This will take about no more than 5 minutes per fish and the great
part is you do not have to scale the fish like Granddad use to when cleaning the
I like to have a working station, meaning I use a
section of plywood, a large trash bag, water hose, and ice
chest. I have found that the plywood will not slip while you're cleaning the fish, where as
plastic or glass is too slick. The water hose is to keep the station clean and allows me to keep
my knife clean also.
Let's Clean Some
Slice the fish behind the gills all the way to the
Back Bone, but do not sever. You want to angle the knife towards the head,
so you do not waste any part of the crappie fillet.
As you will see in the picture I have two number
two's I will explain. Start up where you made the first cut at the top and work
the knife along the Back Bone being careful not to cut through
You want to run the knife all the way
to the tail. Here again being careful not to detach the
skin. Here is where the second number two comes into play. Go back to the head and
work the knife at the bottom of the crappie toward the tail, and again do not cut the
This should allow you to lay back the fish, skin
side down. Run the knife between the skin and the meat staying as close
to the skin as possible. That is why they make the fillet knives so they have
a little bend in them. By applying a little pressure, you can glide the knife to the
You will cut away the fillet leaving the
Take your Fillet Knife and go under the ribs from
the top to the bottom cutting the rib bones free. You will see how
important it is to have a clean and very sharp knife to do this step.
Rinse the fillet off and if not headed for the
grill, skillet, or oven, place it in a plastic sealable bag and fill it with water until
the fillet is submerged. This will eliminate Freezer burn.
Flip the fish over and repeat Step 2 thru
Here is an added bonus. Do not throw the remains
Set them to the side for that
special spot you have where you plant your tomatoes. Put the
remains down in the ground and sprinkle some dirt on top then set your tomatoe
plants on top. You will be amazed at how big your tomatoes will get. Last year, I had one
plant that grew as tall as my roof and put out some of the best
This is where you get the reward of your hard
fishing times, ENJOY.
Keep the Hooks Wet!