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Keeping fish on ice #12711379
04/11/18 01:42 AM
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How long can fish be kept on ice before cleaning? Do you slit the gills and bleed them out?


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12711474
04/11/18 02:42 AM
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i don't know how long, but i usually don't clean my night fish untill the next day when i get up. sometimes that's around noon. 12 hrs is ok, but i'd be real careful after that.


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12711891
04/11/18 03:09 PM
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Kept trout for two days on ice and they were fine...I did keep them in a plastic bag
Slitting gills will help clean up the meat but it makes a mess in the cooler...


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12713305
04/12/18 02:46 PM
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i have only let uncleaned fish stay in my cooler overnight. Never cut them or anything and they were good for food.

Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12713609
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Thanks guys. Fish were fine.

FYI some guys in the OT said they have up to 48 hours.


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12713732
04/12/18 07:31 PM
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I have kept fish on ice with rock salt on top for up to 4 days. In fact, the fish were partially frozen when I got home. Just keep the water drained off.


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12714132
04/12/18 11:30 PM
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Just don't let them float in ice water. Be OK for a couple days. No bleeding. But that depends on what species of fish ya got on ice.


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: V-Bottom] #12714473
04/13/18 03:56 AM
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If you got a yeti or other really good cooler, you can leave them for 3 days, if they are packed well and it is not too hot during the day time...put the cooler in a shady spot, and open the drain plug occasionally, to prevent water build up...as long as you don’t get excessive water from the drain hole, forget opening the lid to look at them or the ice...ideally, you just leave them on ice for 12 hours, which will make filleting easier.

If the weather is hot and the lake water warm, put your catch directly into an ice chest, instead of the live well...the result will be better tasting fish...hope this info helps

Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12717013
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I've kept catfish up to 4 days on ice before no problems

Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12717267
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My friend in the restaurant business said catfish fully packed on ice are safe for 3 days. I don't understand anyone not filleting fish the day they are caught. Safer quicker and get it over with.


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Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12717339
04/15/18 01:04 PM
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Agree with Jackie. If I can't fillet them right away, I don't keep them.

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The reason I fillet them after on the ice is because I don't like to clean fish alive and I would rather clean the fish all at once instead of cleaning fish multiple times during a camping trip

Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12717835
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Spoilage originates in the innards and gills. Gut and gill the fish, and they'll stay good for a long time. I've kept them in baggies and on ice for a week or more, and they were still good. Another thing you want to do is rinse out the body cavity after cleaning.

Re: Keeping fish on ice [Re: Tommar] #12736114
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I have a problem when their gills are light pink or white.


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