Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Recommended Posts


How do you clean a catfish. I cleand one the same way as a walleye and fried it up and it tasted so fishy you couldnt eat it i figure i did something wrong because i have had them in a resturant and they are good. Which are better flat or channel cats i have been catching mainly channels. So right now im just doing catch and release but would like to eat one every once and awhile any help would be nice.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I fillet my catfish the same way I do with Walleye. Just make sure you get all the dark meat cut out. The dark meat is what makes it taste "fatty", and can ruin the whole meal.

I think this is the biggest mistake people make, not getting all the dark meat removed.

I will usually cut out the latteral line and any dark meat as mentioned above, when done you should have a nice white colored fillet. Then I cut mine into smaller chunks or strips, (about 5 or 6 per fillet cut vertically) then deep fry my catfish covered in a 50/50 mix of corn meal and flour. mmmm,mmmm...I'm making myself hungry just typing this!

Follow these steps and I promise your fish will taste good.

Enjoy!!!! wink.gif

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I would also suggest frying them up as Catfish fingers or smaller chunks. If you try and cook the entire fillet, it won't cook evenly and thoroughly and will be very fishy tasting.

The other trick to cat is fast deep frying. You need really hot oil and only cook the fish for a couple minutes on each side if that. The quicker they fry, the lighter and flakier the meat will be.

CatManLee is also correct on fillet preparation, you MUST remove the yellow tinted meat from the dorsal fin area and the belly. The other area to cut out is the mudline which is the dark line of meat found where the lateral line is. You should be left with only nice white meat.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I also clean cats like Walleye. You have to start by snipping off the top fin and both side fins to make it easier for beginners. Then you start just behind the head plate and more to the back area. Go along the top of the ribs and work your way down above all the bones until you get past the ribs then it is all the same from there. You will not loose much meat and it goes real fast after you get the hang of it. One trick I do is I drill a hole in my cleaning board or table to put the side spike in, then they lay flat. No deboneing, you can clan seveal cats to one Eye.

Happy fishing.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Posts

    • leech~~
      I remember that video, pretty darn cool! 
    • leech~~
      Man you can really see the standards of this site of have dropped.  A few years ago we were talking over $80-$100 Thorne Brothers Custom made Ice Rods.  Now a $9.99 dollar rod is the talk for the forum!  We need to bring back the Rich folks!
    • slammer
      I think we should start a Go fund me for Cropduster to take his plane up and give us some pics. lol  He did it a few years ago but not lately.  Its pretty cool veiws from above when ice is forming.  I wonder if he is still lurking around here?
    • EyeChsr
      was out tonight, 6-8 in out from the dnr landing. wheelers and a couple perms out. still open water out in front of Peters resort on the south shore. It starts out a couple hundred yards from shore and runs to the north- northwest for a long ways. some of the spots that were open earlier this week have skimmed, be careful out there if you see different looking ice stop and check!!
    • JIvers
      Thanks for the report--about what I figured, which is why I stayed down here in Iowa this weekend. I am fairly optimistic about getting on the ice in southeast or south central Minnesota next weekend; whether I am on a lake around Faribault or Waseca, or one of my old backwater haunts on the Mississippi remains to be seen. Maybe Clear Lake, Iowa. Whatever I do I will post my results.
    • JerkinLips
      9-11am was best time both days.
    • littlebear
      If you are willing to go a little further into Canada, I would recommend Hollinshead Resort, a few hours north of Thunder Bay.  The resort is the only one on the lake, and in June offers excellent Walleye Fishing, as well as some dandy Northern Pike.  It's somewhere you can drive to as well. 
    • monstermoose78
      Caught 20-23 gills and 6 crappies. Fun day on the 10 inches of ice. The whole lake was close to the same where I cut all the holes out and around
    • Wanderer
      I’m still seeing very random thicknesses all over.  In the past few days I’ve been from St. Cloud to Winnie and have seen vehicles on the ice and open water on the same lake. I’m in Little Falls.  Tonight I checked 2 lakes NW of town.  Both had people fishing.  One looked to be safe for wheeler travel and the other, very near it, still had an open lead and you could see the difference between the first sheet of ice and the second. I hope it doesn’t get covered with snow anytime soon so we can still tell where the changes are. Be safe. Bring floatation and picks.  And don’t drive yet! Ruh ro....
    • Bigfatbert
        Nice fish , great pics ,, what times of the day were best for you ?