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Image of frozen Trout in FoodSaver Bags in our rig's freezer.

Frozen Trout In FoodSaver Bags

For several years now I have wanted to learn how to fillet a Rainbow trout. Three or four years ago my wife and I decided to bring back the majority of the trout that we caught on our annual eastern Sierra camping and fishing trip.

So we took our Food Saver and vacuum packed many of our ‘keepers’. By the time we got home our freezer was just jammed full of trout and I remember frequently thinking that there had to be a better way.

Nothing Like Good Neighbors…

 

Even then I had a ‘How to Fillet Fish’ video on my laptop but when trying to follow it I continually annihilated every single trout I attempted to fillet. However, this year things turned for the better.

While camping in Paha campground on Robinson Creek we met our neighbors Rod and Marianne Bunn. One afternoon, Patty had caught a nice 4 lb rainbow and Rod was gracious enough to weigh it for us. When I mentioned wondering about how to fillet a trout, Rod volunteered to show us. The following video captured that experience.

Nothing Like a Simple Video…

 

As you can see in the video, the first thing that you really need to do is make sure that your knife is extremely sharp. Rod starts out by making a big cut right behind the gill and then turns in around 90 degrees. The key thing that you’re hoping here is that you’ll feel the spine or the backbones under your blade and you’ll continue to cut along those bones until you’re an inch or so from the tail.

At this point you will pick up the filleted meat and pull it up and over laying the skin side down flat on your surface. And now you’ll see that Rod makes a little cut down by the tail and then slides the knife along the skin towards the end of the fillet nicely separating the skin from the meat. This leaves you a very nice boneless, skinless piece of trout. Now you simply want to flip the trout over and repeat the process. Personally, I had to watch this video 5 or 6 times to really get it all ingrained in my brain.

Nothing Like a Boneless, Skinless Trout Fillet…

 

Image of frozen Trout Fillets in FoodSaver Bags

Fillets Bagged and Sealed

By the time we came home we had some very nice fillets in the freezer taking up a fraction of the space we once needed after cleaning the trout and vacuum packing our ‘keepers’!

One of the things that I really appreciated about Rod’s method of filleting a trout was the fact that no matter how bad my mistakes were along the path of learning, I was always left with a pretty decent piece of meat. Now, my first fillets weren’t always pretty but they definitely were edible.

Another thing that I do want to mention is that with Rod’s method of filleting rainbow trout, I got the hang of separating the meat from the skin almost immediately and that was a great feeling to know!

Hopefully this post and video with some ‘How to Fillet Fish’ instructions were simple enough to get ya’ filleting your next trout and enjoying some nice boneless, skinless fillets. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please leave me a comment or contact me!

By R.C. Stude

4 Comments

  1. Terri

    Well I just wrote a whole comment, I think I forgot to post. UGH! I used to camp at Redfish lake as a kid and would be the one who caught the most trout. at the time, my grandma would clean and filet the trout, or we would just BBQ bones and all and had to pick out the bones. When I fished as an adult, then I had to learn how again. I like the video, makes it look so easy. I am looking forward to camping with my husband this year in Oregon and will revisit this video if we are luck enough to catch some trout. I love trout, especially fresh trout. and I need to invest in a vacuum packing machine. thanks for the great info.

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    • Randy

      Hiya Terri, I hadn’t heard of Redfish Lake before and had to look it up. It really looks nice for camping, several campgrounds there plus a lodge… not sure if it gets much better than this for some lake camping!

      Kinda funny on the filleting thing… we’ve been camping and fishing for all this time and I just got around to learning how to fillet a trout this past summer. This really is the only way to bring trout home. When ya’ get home and thaw them out, they’re ready for frying, baking or maybe just throwing in some foil and grillin’! The really cool thing is that they take up so much less room in the freezer and trust me… there’s not a whole lot of room in the freezer in our little trailer. If ya’ get that hubby of yours to buy ya’ a ‘Food Saver’, you’re gonna be loving life, kiddo. Can’t wait to hear a story or two of your camping this summer… (-:

      Thank ya’ again, Terri

      Randy

  2. Terri

    Hi Randy, I love to fish, well my husband and I both do. But when I was a kid and we went camping up in Idaho, I was the one who always caught the most trout. I LOVED to catch trout and it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I had to clean them myself. I liked the video, makes it look too easy. haha. Cant wait to try it when we go fishing up here in Oregon. And like the idea of vacuum packing, I think we need to invest in one of those.

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    • Randy

      Hiya Terri, any of us guys that have wives like you and my Patty girl are extremely lucky dudes! I don’t know how fishin’ can get any better than when we’re both working a good stream. You’ve gotta try one of those Buoyant lures. I always use salmon eggs and power bait but Patty always uses the Buoyant lure. Guess who catches the biggest trout… it’s not me…)-:

      The ‘Food Saver’ is crazy good! As soon as I clean ’em, we put three or four trout in each bag. When you decide to eat them it seems like three or four are just the right amount to cook up. We’ve had ’em stay fresh for up to a year in the freezer!

      I’ll bet you two have some great fishing up there… lot’s of nice cold water. Now we just gotta figure out how you’re gonna stow a couple poles and fishing gear on the back of that killer bike of yours…(-;

      Sure appreciate ya’ stopping by kiddo,

      Randy

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