Cleaning/Filleting Pan Fish

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Bluegill recipes for Baked, Simmered, Fried, Broiled, Poached, and Grilled Bluegill

A member of the sunfish family, the bluegill is one of the most popular freshwater game fish with anglers because of its tasty flesh and the fact that it puts up a pretty good fight for its size. It is an excellent tasting fish that can grow to a maximum length of about 40 cm (16 in) and is relatively easy to find and catch because it strikes on just about anything you offer. The average bluegill is about 8 inches long and weighs a pound or so, but some older fish grow to as much as a foot in length and more than 2 pounds in weight.

How to Fillet & Pan-Dress Panfish

Panfish are exactly what their name implies — fish small enough to fit in a pan — a frying pan, that is. Among these are such beloved species as bluegills, crappie, redear sunfish, redbreast sunfish and white bass, and lesser-known yet locally popular fish like yellow bass, rock bass, warmouths, longears, spotted sunfish and green sunfish. None of these fish gets very big — a few pounds tops, usually only a few ounces. But as a group, they're among the most popular, most commonly caught fish in the U.S.