How to Clean Trout

How to Clean Trout
If you've never done it, cleaning a trout can seem like a daunting task. It isn't as hard as it might seem, however--you only need a sharp knife and some newspaper. Once you clean one, the rest will seem easy and you will soon be savoring the catch of the day.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water Newspaper Knife Bowl Cooler Plastic bags
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Cooler
  • Plastic bags
Step 1
Wash off the fish with water to remove the slippery layer on the skin. This will make handling the fish easier when you start to clean it.
Step 2
Find a stable surface on which to clean your trout. Spread out newspapers for the fish entrails.
Step 3
Cut off the head of the trout just behind the gills. Place the head aside.
Step 4
Slice open the fish's belly from the anus forward.
Step 5
Pull out the entrails. Wash the fish thoroughly with fresh water.
Step 6
Place the cleaned fish in a bowl of water until any other fish you caught are cleaned.
Step 7
Store the cleaned trout in a plastic bag. Place it in a cooler until you are ready to cook it.

Tips & Warnings

 
Keep the trout properly cooled if you don't plan to cook it right away. Don't use a dull knife--it will only rip the meat. Be sure to wrap up the entrails and properly dispose of them so you do not attract animals to your camping area. Store leftover cooked trout inside your cooler.
 
Keep the trout properly cooled if you don't plan to cook it right away.
 
Don't use a dull knife--it will only rip the meat.
 
Be sure to wrap up the entrails and properly dispose of them so you do not attract animals to your camping area.
 
Store leftover cooked trout inside your cooler.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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