Learning how to fillet a trout is an important skill for any angler. Not only can it save you money on the cost of buying pre-filleted fish, but it also allows you to enjoy the freshest, tastiest trout possible.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fillet trout like a pro.

Prepare Your Work Area

The first step in filleting a trout is preparing your work area for the job. Make sure you have plenty of counter space and all your necessary tools—a sharp knife, cutting board, pliers, and paper towels.

You’ll also want to make sure you have access to running cold water and some ice cubes or crushed ice if possible.

Clean Your Fish

Once your work area is set up, you can begin cleaning your fish. Start by removing the scales with either a scaler or a spoon.

Once the scales are removed, rinse off the entire fish in cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. This will help ensure that no dirt or debris gets left behind when you start filleting the trout.

Make the Cut

To begin filleting your trout, make a cut just behind its head and gills with your sharp knife. Then cut as close as possible along its backbone until you reach its tail fin without cutting through it.

When making this cut, be sure not to press too hard on the blade so you don’t damage or puncture any internal organs like the liver or intestines.

Separate Flesh from Bone

Once you’ve made your initial cuts, use either pliers or your fingers to separate the flesh from the bone until only one side of the bone remains attached to the head of the fish.

At this point, carefully make small cuts parallel to its spine until all flesh has been removed from its body cavity including around its rib cage and belly flap area which may require some extra attention due to their delicate nature.

Finally, remove all remaining bones by gently peeling them away from the flesh using either pliers or your fingers while being careful not to tear any of the flesh itself in the process.


With these steps in mind, now anyone can learn how to fillet a trout like a professional!

Whether you plan on eating fresh-caught trout for dinner that night or freezing it for later use, knowing how to properly filet it is an essential skill for every angler out there!

So grab some bait and get out there—you never know when that big one might bite! It’s time to take those fishing skills up a notch!