How to Clean Silver Bass Fish

How to Clean Silver Bass Fish
Take a look in your grocer's fish case and you may not notice many bass fish. Most fish in this family, including the silver bass, are best served quickly and soon after a catch. When you catch one of these fish, you'll find that it's easy to cook, needing only a little oil for frying and lemon for serving. But before you start thinking up new recipes for a silver bass fish, you need learn the right way to clean one.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Dull knife
  • Boning knife
  • Plastic bowl
Step 1
Rinse the fish under running water for at least three to four minutes, taking the time to remove any debris from the lake or river. This is especially important if you caught the fish yourself because dozens of things, including parasites, may be stuck to the skin of the fish.
Step 2
Move the fish so that the head is away from you and place a dull knife on the top of the fish's skin. Run the knife quickly towards the head of the fish to remove the scales. Once you have all the scales off, turn the fish over and remove the scales on the other side. Then rinse the silver bass under water, which removes any trash still caught on the fish.
Step 3
Set the fish on a flat surface and locate its underbelly. Place your boning knife into this area and pull up, moving from the tail area to the head of the fish. Remove the guts from the fish by running your fingers along the belly and pulling out the insides. Then rinse the fish again.
Step 4
Remove the head of the fish by inserting your boning knife into the side of the jaw and cutting upwards at an angle. It's not mandatory that you remove the head, but some may find it more appealing. Toss the head aside and rinse the silver bass again.
Step 5
Poke several holes in the bottom of a plastic bowl and place the silver bass inside. Let the bass sit in a cool place such as a refrigerator or cooler filled with ice until the excess water inside the fish drains out. Leave the fish sitting in the cool place until you're ready to cook it.

Tips & Warnings

Be careful about using the silver bass right after you clean it, especially if you're rinsing it as directed. The water helps remove any unpleasant things inside the fish, but the water takes some time to drain out. It's nearly impossible to cook the fish when the water's still inside.
If you don't have access to running water, use a bucket filled with cold water. Replace the water each time you rinse off the silver bass, to reduce the chances of leaving old scales stuck to your fish.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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