Filleting and zippering a walleye



Put your walleye on a hard surface.  I use cardboard to make for an easy clean-up


Push your fillet knife into the fish at this location.  Feel for the spine bones.  Position your knife on the outside of the bones

Fillet the walleye along the back of the fish.  Stop once you can't feel the bone anymore

Push the knife through and fillet down to the tail


Repeat process on the other side making another fillet.


Cut both of the fillets off of the walleye.  One should looks like this. 

Use a cap to skin the fish.  Push the cap down and fillet the meat away from the skin.

Now it is time for the zipper trick.  Note the dark pink area in the middle of the fillet.  The bones run along this pink line.

Take your knife and make a cut on both sides of the pink bone area.

Once you have made the cut, pull the meat away from the bone area with your fingers.  Make sure to do both sides.

You will end up with two pieces of meat per fillet.

Try this method the next time you catch some walleye.  The zippering method is a simple and effective way to removing all of the bones from your catch.

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