Cleaning Fish

R. Karl shows you how to...

I failed miserably on my first attempt at filleting (a 1 ½ lb. Walleye was reduced to a patch of flesh about 10 cm long), but I swore I would get better.

After watching a good many fishermen and "dock boys" who were experts at the task -- and a lot of practice -- I finally honed my own skills.  The pages below demonstrate how I learned to clean walleyes, northern pike, small mouth bass and blue gills; they are some of the best freshwater game fish I have tasted!  rk

Removing the walleye cheeks

Filleting Walleye & Sauger

It was some of the best walleye fishing I have ever seen. More importantly, I saw my first walleye cleaned and filleted by a family friend who I later nicknamed "30-Second Ray"... Read more


The first cut in a northern pike

Removing the Y-Bones from Northern Pike

..."I really love northern pike... I just hate all the bones I always have to pick out of the meat."  I never knew how simple it is to remove those nasty y-bones... Read more


Removing the skin from a fillet

Removing the Skin from Fish Fillets

Many people have written me to ask if there is a trick to removing the skin from a fish fillet...   The short answer is: not really. Read more


Filleting Bluegills

Filleting Bluegills

It's the size and anatomy of the fish that makes cleaning them something of a chore. But when I tasted the results, it was I who was literally hooked. Read more


Filleting Smallmouth

Filleting Smallmouth Bass

I'm convinced that there is no "easy" way to fillet a smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu)- at least I have never observed a way that is any easier than... Read more


Using a sharp knife

Knives - Using The Right Tool...

My father had always told me that there was always "the right tool for the right job."  A wrong or inappropriate tool always led to a poor result at best... and an unfortunate accident at worst... Read more


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