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How long can you safely keep fish on ice? #14227305 12/21/21 09:26 PM
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Going on a 3 day camping trip. How long can you keep crappie on ice before cleaning them?

Re: How long can you safely keep fish on ice? [Re: stretch] #14227325 12/21/21 09:56 PM
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gut, gill and ice.... 3 days no problem

Re: How long can you safely keep fish on ice? [Re: stretch] #14227736 12/22/21 12:49 PM
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fish In hot weather [85 +] If i have been fishing for several hrs. i will put em on ice, sometimes over nite ,in the shade/ garage.Clean em next day.When the fish are kept cold there is less mess, blood. In cooler weather iam thinking 48 hrs.. Good luck!!!

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Originally Posted by Lazy Ike
fish In hot weather [85 +] If i have been fishing for several hrs. i will put em on ice, sometimes over nite ,in the shade/ garage.Clean em next day.When the fish are kept cold there is less mess, blood. In cooler weather iam thinking 48 hrs.. Good luck!!!



^^^This^^^ very seldom do I clean my fish the same day

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layer the fish and the ice dont just pile ice on top. or vise versa. at 3 full days when u clean them, you will get a funky smell from the innards starting to gas a bit, strange smell, but still ok. drain the water that comes from the melted ice now and then,


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Every commercial fish in the grocery store has been on ice for weeks. You don't think those big ocean trawlers come back to port after a day of fishing do you?

That said, I have kept fish on ice without issues for two days. The longer they are in the ice the harder they freeze it seems. You do need to dump the water as it causes the ice to melt faster. Putting fish on ice makes them easier to fillet. I prefer to put fish right into ice after catching them rather than put them in a live well. I use the live wells on my boat for dry storage.


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3 days. Pull the plug on cooler, let drain, maintain ice in cooler. 4 days, ungh it may time for the garden or your next door neighbor you don't really like😉 [Linked Image]

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Originally Posted by leanin post
layer the fish and the ice dont just pile ice on top. or vise versa. at 3 full days when u clean them, you will get a funky smell from the innards starting to gas a bit, strange smell, but still ok. drain the water that comes from the melted ice now and then,


This. Especially the first part. Letting them sit in water will make them mushy. Make sure there's some red to the gills still.

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