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How To Clean Your Fish Back at The Campsite


That's simple, 

















You Don't! 


And here are some reasons why you should find a place away from your campsite to clean fish.

1. Campground critters (raccoons, skunks, crows, etc.) are attracted to the smell of fish and they will make a mess of your campsite trying to find the fish that you've already eaten.

2. Flies, mosquitos, and other bugs are attracted to any bits of fish, and they too are unwelcome guests.

3. It's unsanitary, because there aren't adequate means to clean up the mess. Use designated fish cleaning stations or clean fish while still at the lake, away from the campsite.

4. It's inconsiderate of your fellow campers. Besides the unpleasant smell, the pests and bugs it attracts will invade neighboring campsites too.


1. Be sure your filet knife is very sharp, and bring a bottle of fresh water to rinse the filets and a covered container to hold the cleaned fish.

2. Discard any fish remains in appropriate containers. 

3. Hose down the area where you cleaned the fish, or use a bucket to gather water from the lake and rinse the area.
Please don't leave the fish guts laying around.

4. It's best to clean fish as soon as possible after they come out of the water.

5. When storing cleaned fish on ice, don't allow melted water to touch the fish. Drain or discard the excess water as the ice melts.

6. Store the fish with the cavity facing down, so that water doesn't pool in the cavity.

7. Don't trim the fins before removing them, because bones at the base of the fins could be left inside the fish.

On trout and some other fish, at the backbone there is a red line of blood. I wouldn't suggest eating it. Cut along the blood vein, scrape the blood out and rinse it off with water.
Eating fish that hasn't been cleaned properly can make you sick.

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It is important that people who fish follow all fishing rules and regulations.
These rules help conserve fish populations and also help anglers be successful.
Regulations may limit the size of, number of, and season that a type of fish may be caught, and may require a license to fish. In some cases, only “catch and release” fishing is allowed, which means the fish must be let go. Some bait is illegal in certain areas.
Contact your state wildlife agency by visiting Our Rules and Regulations Page.

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