Cleaning Bluegill?

Discussion in 'Pan Fish' started by oneshot 1, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Cleaning Bluegill do you Fillet or Scale, cut Head off and Gut?

    My wife said she just soon I Scale, Cut the Head off and Gut.

    Catching many more Bluegill this year.


    :D The Big Grin knows how to skin a Cat.
  2. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

  3. htredneck

    htredneck Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2008
    Cass County, MO
    Fillet 'em just like crappie
  4. wiser1

    wiser1 Trash Picker

    Apr 15, 2013
    Jefferson county
    Scale ,,,,,,filet is a waste on a fish of their size imo
  5. Big L

    Big L Trapper Groupie

    Aug 8, 2008
    Bonne Terre
    I score behind the gills,take my skinnin pliers and cut the fin off then skin it. Pop the head off and guts come out with it
  6. Fuldraw

    Fuldraw Fuldraw

    Dec 8, 2013
  7. OutbackBio

    OutbackBio Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Kansas City
    Fillet, but I only keep 8"+
  8. MJO21

    MJO21 Active Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Union, MO
    When I was a kid we would always catch a mess of grass perch in WNY.

    We would lop the head off and gut them. Pan fry them in butter. When eating grandpa had a knack of pulling the spine so the the spin and ribs all pulled out in one piece. Then with a fork the meat would pull from the skin. No waste. I Still do perch, bluegill this way. Need to try it with crappie, as the fillet, flip and skin method is fast and easy, there is a lot of meat left on the bones.
  9. mkelsey40

    mkelsey40 Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Jackson County Mo
    I also fillet them and try and only keep the biggens
  10. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    start catching bigger bluegill:wave:
  11. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern Ozarks
    If it ain't big enough to filet' it ain't big enough to keep.
  12. Muleskinner

    Muleskinner Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Osage County
    Scale em . I like the skin and the fried tails.
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  13. OutbackBio

    OutbackBio Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Kansas City
    Anyone use a scale bag? My guide in Australia used to toss the whiting in a bag behind the boat in the wash and it would scale them. Not sure how it would work for a round shaped fish with spiky dorsals?
  14. killmode

    killmode Deplorable member

    I sometimes take a fillet off one side and scale or skin the other. I hate wasting anything but like to have fillets too.
  15. SNIDER

    SNIDER Active Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Puxico, Mo.
    Spoon takes scales off great, closer to the bone sweeter the meat, saw some channel cat's at Council bluff lakes after it opened to public that fellas had filleted, weren't a foot long, shameful to waste fish like that.
  16. Mister Twister makes a scaling blade for electic knife that work great.
  17. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    that sure doesn't set the bar very high (long) around us,if it'll bite a hook it'll get filleted
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  18. Martin

    Martin Barn Raiser

    Feb 4, 2017
    Seymour MO
    Depends on size
  19. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    My wife says Fillets are too small. I know 15 fish fill maybe a Sandwich Bag. Of course 50 would be more.


    :D The Big Grin thinks a Cat would make a meal.
  20. bowbender

    bowbender Well-Known Member

    Just got up from a plate of gills I caught a few days ago. It was the fourth time to eat them this week.
    I am positive that they are my favorite meal. I will have them 2-5 times a week from now till bow season!

    BTW I skin mine.

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