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JoeJoe
 May 18 2017 03:58PM (Read 1631 times)  


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Hi all -

I'm getting back into fishing, have lurked around this board for quite awhile but am not one to do much speaking up/speaking out. But after getting out a couple weekends ago here in central IA and finding a handful of nice sized keeper panfish, I was curious how everyone handles clearing their fish. That is, do you tend to clean them once you get off the water where you are fishing, or how do you go about transporting them home if you are not cleaning them at your fishing hole?
The lake we fished did not have a fish cleaning station on site, so we drained the livewell at the lake, left the fish in the livewell, and made the 30ish minute drive home. Which seemed ok with temps being reasonable outside, but depending on length of drive in the future, and as temperatures heat up outside, I'm not so sure that will be the best plan going forward. Should we be putting the fish on ice and then cleaning them later? Should we plan on just cleaning fish on site (regardless of fish cleaning station)?

Appreciate any info, tips, feedback and pointers that you can provide. Thanks in advance!


 
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 May 18 2017 04:17PM  
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If I need to travel a ways with unprocessed fish I will drain the live well (at the ramp) and add a bag of ice at the first gas station.


 
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 May 18 2017 04:45PM  
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I only have an average of 15 minutes from lake to home. I carry a large cooler in my truck half full of tap water to transport my fish in. If for some reason I am going to be delayed I stop and put a bag of ice in the cooler with the fish. I have cleaned my fish by the boat ramp area, but it is messy and have to discard the cleanings somewhere.


 
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 May 18 2017 07:04PM  
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I do like IA does or if I plan on keeping fish before I leave I will take a cooler of ice and throw the fish in there straight from the lake instead of the live well.


 
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 May 18 2017 07:37PM  
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Live well should be empty when you leave ramp. I like to throw a half gallon or gallon full of frozen water in cooler if I will be transporting fish. It's enough fish cool until home.


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 May 19 2017 06:03AM  
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I'm another one that uses a cooler. Most times, ( unless it is really cool!) I carry a cooler with and ice jug ( half gal. milk jug frozen. cleans up easily afterwards )


 
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 May 19 2017 08:08AM  
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My live well is mostly used for storage. I keep a cooler with ice in the boat.
Down side: would be the room a cooler takes up

Up side: chilled fish are way easier to fillet, and I would guess better tasting if they are cooled down right away.


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 May 19 2017 08:16AM  
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If I can, I will bleed the fish prior to leaving the lake. Use a pair of scissors or a knife to make a slice just below the gills and let the fish bleed out. As the others have said, drain the live well (state law) and either throw a bag of ice in for the drive home or transfer the fish to a cooler with ice.


 
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JoeJoe
 May 19 2017 09:13AM  


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I appreciate all the ideas and feedback! We've always pulled the livewell plug in the parking lot when we go to strap the boat down for transport, but I did happen to look into the Iowa Fishing Regs last night and noticed for the first time it states to Drain water before leaving a waterbody. We'll make sure to start pulling that as we are getting ready to put the boat on the trailer.


 
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