How do you clean a freshly caught catfish?
- #1: Secure the fish. It’s easiest to get the process started by placing the fish on a flat board.
- #2: Remove the dorsal fin.
- #3: Find the head bone.
- #4: Cut the fish along the line of the head bone.
- #5: Skin the fish.
- #6: Cut the catfish meat.
- #7: Discard the waste.
- #8: Filet the fish.
Should you bleed catfish before cleaning?
I have long recommended that anglers bleed catfish while the fish are still alive. This can be done just before they’re cleaned at the cleaning station. Or, if fish are to be placed on ice, bleeding can take place on shore or in the boat, just before the fish is placed on ice.
How do you remove slimy from catfish?
I rinse the fish several times then wipe it as well as I can. I rub the skin and head generously with baking soda then leave the catfish in a covered bowl to allow the baking soda time to draw out the slimy substance that covers the body of the fish.