Catch & Fillet!

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Survival Diva here to talk about a subject close to my heart—fishing. This form of recreation is not only a  relaxing and popular pastime, but in a crisis, it can be a lifeline. In fact, those of use who were fortunate enough to have been introduced to fishing early on should be thanking whoever it was that had the  patience to teach us!

In my case it was my mother who taught my siblings and myself to fish and it was no surprise to us when she shared her love of fishing and the wilderness by authoring several books on Alaskan fishing and backpacking (although she later admitted she didn’t share all of her favorite fishing holes). It was from her we learned to hunt and fish and develop a love of the wilderness.

Why Fish?

Some species of fish contain as much or nearly as much protein per ounce as beef, pork or chicken.  Fish even contains more protein than beans! Fish can be dried, smoked or home canned to preserve it. Should you find yourself having to evacuate your home, even for a short while, fishing can provide the protein you and your loved ones need.

Actually, when you think about it, although there will be more fishermen out there, we aren’t likely to be competing with commercial fishing operations after a disaster. Not when the gasoline and diesel isn’t easily available at affordable prices. In a widespread survival situation, it isn’t likely we’ll be asked to produce a current fishing license. When people are desperate and hungry and the grocery shelves remain empty, it’s likely that laws will be relaxed formally or through widely known non-enforcement. 

All in all, this means more fish for those of us industrious enough to set aside the minimal equipment we’ll need for fishing before a crisis strikes. And if the potential of wild game becoming depleted concerns you, fishing is a viable solution—provided you live close to a clean waterway. Even when game is plentiful, most avid hunters will admit they don’t always bag their quarry. Fish will fill out the lean times and will offer variety to mealtimes.

It Takes Experience and the Right Gear

If you haven’t already, you will need to learn how to bait a line, to free yourself from a snag, what the indigenous fish are in your area (which will tell you what test strength fishing line you’ll need, and what they’re likely to bite on, such as fish innards, bugs, leeches, grub worms, earth worms, flies, lures, fruit, corn, putrid meat, etc…), what time of the day they are most active and how that changes during the changing seasons, and where they usually hide out—such as a deep, shaded pool of water when it’s hot outdoors. This varies per species, waterway, and climate. But even knowing these things, there’s no better teacher than just getting out there and doing it! So the rule here is to practice, practice, practice.

(David’s note:  It will also tell you some of the finer points–as an example, if you’re hunting a fish that can’t see below it’s body, you have to make sure that your bait/lure is at or above the level where your target fish are.)

Getting set up for substance fishing doesn’t cost much, but beware;  many survival kits that supply emergency fishing gear only include a  limited amount of small hooks and sinkers—otherwise known as weights—and typically the fish line supplied is minimal and many times is of light test strength. In a survival situation, when hunger may be an issue, spending precious time to land a few small fish to pan fry may not do the trick. Instead, consider a minimal investment in 50lb. test strength braided commercial fishing line that will let you land smaller and larger fish. That way, whatever makes a grab for what’s on the end of your hook can be reeled in without it breaking your fishing line. Heavier test line also improves the odds that an underwater obstruction or jagged rocks won’t break your fishing line.

As we are all too aware, many preparedness items are expensive, but that isn’t necessarily the case with fishing gear. Have a look at the list below, paying close attention to what you might want to carry in your go-bag to get the job done that doesn’t take up a lot of space. I have listed several test strengths for fishing line, but your needs will vary, depending what you plan to fish for. Because fishing line is cheap, I personally keep a variety on hand.

  • 100 lb. test strength commercial line for monster fish (this may not apply to your area). 

  • 50 lb. test strength braided commercial fishing line for large fish like sturgeon and large cat fish.

  • 10 lb. test strength braided fishing line for smaller fish.

  • Assorted sizes of bait holder hooks.

  • Assorted sizes of treble hooks (good for snagging in an emergency situation when all bets are off).

  • Assorted sizes of swivels.

  • Multi-tool with pliers and single-edged knife blade—used for hook removal and scaling and cleaning the fish.

  • Assorted sizes of led sinkers (AKA weights)

  • Assorted spinners

  • soft-bodied jigs

  • Assorted plastic bates

  • Bobbers (AKA floats)

  • Telescoping fishing rod & a reel—or for those who plan to stick to the basics or want a set up that takes less space, a tree limb can be used in place of a fishing pole. Automatic fishing reels are sometimes suggested for survival situations, but these come with an irritating failure rate. If you go this route, the cost varies from around $9.00 and goes up into the hundreds. 

  • ¼ inch mesh screen material to make a minnow or crawdad trap—you can use fish guts or offal to attract crawdads.

  • Gigs (gigs have a harpoon-type, multi point spear head. A branch or tree limb can be used for the  handle) 

  • Fish Net—these may not be as necessary for every-day fishing, but in an emergency situation, they can be used for dip netting—the larger the better in this case. The downside is they are cumbersome and will take up space.

  • Nylon cord/rope that can be used as a stringer.

Tips: To keep fish  fresh, you can make a stringer with small-diameter cord or rope that is threaded through the gills. Keep caught fish submerged in the cooler temperatures of a lake or a river, preferably in a shaded area. This will help to preserve the meat longer.

Ice Fishing

For those living in northern climates, having the gear to ice fish would be beneficial, but if you haven’t actually spent a couple of winters ice fishing–hopefully with a seasoned fisherman– then it’s time to do so. Ice fishing can be unforgiving for those who aren’t aware of the danger signs before treading on a frozen body of water (there is NO such thing as completely safe, but you can greatly increase your odds by learning the basics).

As with most prepper-related subjects, nothing replaces practical experience , but do so with caution and it’s always best to partner with someone who knows what they’re doing.

The Basics of Ice Safety

  • Ice needs to be at least 4 inches thick before you can safely walk on it–and that often means  NEW ICE because old ice that has begun to thaw or has begun to decompose may require a thickness of 12 inches or more before you can safely walk on it. Always check on the composition and condition of ice first!

  • Ice should be at least 5 inches thick for a snowmobile or an ATV and the same rules apply with regards to checking on the condition of old ice before proceeding onto it.

  • A river is riskier to walk on, even after it’s  frozen sufficiently, than it is for lakes because the water current beneath the ice can weaken it in spots, particularly around a river bend where the current is swiftest.

  • Beware of pre-existing snow loads. The weight of snow puts an extra  burden on the weight load ice can bear and your body weight may be all it takes for it to give way. Snow loads can also insulate the ice pack on a river or lake, warming it, thus weakening it.

  • Ice doesn’t freeze uniformly. Keep a watchful eye for standing water and bubbles. That’s a danger sign of thinning ice!

  • Never go it alone. If you should miscalculated and go through the ice, your chances of rescue goes up when you buddy up.

 What You’ll Need To Ice Fish

There are only a few things to add to your existing fishing gear must-have list to ice fish. It’s likely that you already have warm clothing, but if you don’t have  long johns, a warm coat, warm boots, socks, hat, gloves and a ski mask, it would be wise to add them at the top of the list. From there, all that’s left to consider are the following:

  • A manual or gas powered ice auger is a must have. A manual ice auger can be purchased for as little as $50 for a small manual ice auger, and the price goes up from there. The smaller augers weigh around 6 lbs., therefore they won’t load you down all that much. The cons of a manual ice auger is the upper arm and shoulder strength they require and the going only gets tougher the thicker the ice is. 

    A gas powered ice auger is much easier to cut through the ice with, but first you need a reliable source of unleaded gasoline and 2-cycle oil. Their down side is, as with many power tools, they can experience mechanical failure. The cost for a smaller gas-run ice auger starts around $300.00 on up for the larger cutting bit styles. Many die-hard ice fishermen that use a gas-run ice auger also carry a manual style for backup. For prepping purposes, it doesn’t hurt to keep a replacement blade on hand. 

  • A large plastic bottle, such as an empty bleach bottle, with a long length of braided nylon rope attached to the bottle and stuffed inside it for carrying purposes can be used for rescue should anyone fall through the ice. Other items you might consider carrying for ice fishing safety would be an ice pick or a hockey stick, both of which can help you get out of freezing water should you fall through the ice.

(David’s note: One thing to remember is that in a pure survival situation, you may be able to use methods of harvesting fish that aren’t currently allowed for most desirable fish due to how effective they are, such as traps, trot lines, gill nets, archery, gigging, speargunning, etc.  I would suggest practicing these methods where you can–such as harvesting carp with a recurve bow if it’s legal where you are–and get a solid understanding of other “not fair” methods of harvesting fish.  You MAY have the time now to spend hours at a time fishing, but in a subsistence situation, you’ll probably need to maximize the efficiency of how you feed yourself.)

I’d love to hear from fishermen on the forum who have their own advice about fishing for survival! Have you planned ahead for substance fishing, or are you in the planning stages? Please share your thoughts and experiences by posting below! 

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Comments

  1. I have a small creek that flows through my property… Salmon and Trout spawn on a gravel bed located on my property. They may be depleted from down stream fishing in a survival situation.. I also have a Pond that is WELL stocked with Bluegill. I feed them in the summer but in a survival situation I would catch enough of them to make the pond self sustaining…
    The Pond would provide food in summer and winter. My Artesian well overflows into the pond and the pond overflows into the creek the creek flows into lake Michigan. The Salmon and Trout have some pollution so I would not eat very many of them… I have good Hunting on my property but the game would become depleted in time… I have Snares and know where the game trails are located so that saves ammunition.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Jade,
      Your property sounds as if it’s the perfect place to wait out a long-term crisis. Just as important, you’ve thought it through…water, fish, game! I agree with you about depleted fishing and game, but your location should still produce what you need. Where I’m at in North Idaho, it draws hunters from Idaho and elsewhere, but even then, the white tail deer and elk population will be depleted because of the hunters in the area.

  2. remember bigger bodies of water will have bigger more naturally sustainable fish populations = more consistent food source. current & current breaks are more important to fish then the weather. Fastest way to learn any water is to go out with local guides, if not avid sportsperson! important to go out locally to ur “nesting hole”(preppers spot). Remember ur dependant on travel corridor to & from ur fishing hole, in order to get home safely with fresh substanance for u & ur family. Many modern fisherman have forgotten/given up on old Indian fish traps. Often nothing more than sticks & rocks formed to funnels to direct travelling/nomadic schools of fish, into a circular corral arrangement. These don’t always need daily attendance as fish are just corraled but are undamaged swimming in water, but good for cpl. days. Fresh water travellers =trout, walleye, salmon, etc some of the most best tasting & healthiest fish populations for human consumption. They will tend to use certain depths tho. U can create tidal pools if adjacent to oceans & tidal waters, to trap fish on tidal surges. Stealthiness may be required to save ur catch & method from nomadic raiders in any dangerous situations may require nite checking these & other fishing methods illustrated.
    Ice fishing novice or avid should carry set of spikes ( 16 penny nails to timber spikes=just lg. version of nail), ea. end embedded into 2 pcs. of wood or floating plastic & tied together little over 2 arms lenght rope. string ea. spike handle thru outer layer sleeves so u can carry with u inside ur coat. drill 2 holes in ea. handle so u can stick 2 exposed spikes into handles for safe carry arrangement of exposed points, I also keep handles right at my neck zipper line so easy grap at time mind things not to work much in freezing water. If u fall thru u have method of getting handhold on edge of ice to pull yourself out & stay flat & roll away from hole to stronger ice. Remember to move move move fast. Know your hypothermia & treatments=immediate dry & warmth, they could save your life, limbs, & or digits.
    Another thing to consider is that highest concentrations of pollutants in fish are contained in the head, gills, & stomach of their bodies. If u can afford to, cut these areas out of the fish u eat. Closer u are to high populated area the more u should check into local DNR for fish contaminants caution advisories now so u know area in emergency.
    B SAFE no one else is as responsible 4 U as U !

  3. Diva – – No offense intended but the type fishing to which you refer is *subsistence* not substance.

    Item used to attract animal to a trap or fish to a hook is *bait* not bate.

    Good ideas, but in survival situation, a power auger for ice fishing just advertises your location. Plan to have a chisel and a couple of strong hose clamps; find a stout pole to be the handle and chip through the ice that way. Will take longer but less danger of noise.

    • Survival Diva says:

      This points out the fact that slowing down when writing is good : )

      The safety issue over power tools has been addressed many times on the forum. Everyone needs to be set up for manual back-up.

  4. Sue the Frugal Survivalist says:

    As a child, my friends and I caught fish all the time after only purchasing small fish hooks and fishing line. We used fallen branches for poles and baited our hooks with bugs we found near the water. We tied small rocks into our lines for sinkers and used small sticks tied to our line as bobbers.

    My older brothers used fishing poles, large hooks, and flies and fished out in deep water. We fished near the cattails on shore. We always caught many sunfish and other small fish ( which we later had for breakfast). My older brothers sometimes got nothing, and blamed it on their big hooks.

    When you’re hungry, small fish taste just as good as big ones, and they seem easier to catch. My emergency kit has just small hooks and fishing line. I know that’s all I need.

    • Speaking of using fallen branches for your pole, I put 3 eye screws in my tiny fishing kit so I can use a longer line. I also use 50lb test braided Dyneema line which is the diameter if a 12lb test monoline. This way I feel I am covered for both small and bigger fish and if I get snagged on something under the watrer I am more likely to get my hook back.

      Also, in my travels I have seen people overseas using coke bottles as reels. They twirl their weighted baited hook and holding the bottle neck turn the end of the bottle in the direction of their cast to let line out. Bottom line is a rod and reel is nice but not necessary.

      I used to hear about using crushed green black walnut leaves in a small quiet pool to stun fish. If anyone has info on on whether method this is toxic, I would just like to know because there are balck walnut trees on our property.

  5. Rastus McGee says:

    As long as you’re subsistence gathering you might as well set a few snares out ! Set beaver snares out on runs, anchor them with rebar if you got it, they’re strong critters and watch for the musk glands, all mammals y’can eat! Hoowee whatcha got stew coming up!

  6. Rastus McGee says:

    Do not eat the roe (eggs) of Gars, it is poisonous and will kill you even a super small amount. All other fresh water fish roe is good, don’t believe me then google it! Cooked or raw it’s real bad news !

  7. I have used trot lines growing up. They are legal is some states, so check your state laws. They are easy to use, just fix one end to a bush or limb and bait the hooks, be sure to check daily to retrieve your fish. You do need to watch them as they can be raided. some people use an empty plastic jug instead of a limb in deeper water. We used a seine to catch small minnows and crawdads to use for bait. Worms do not last very long. We sat them at night and checked them every 2 hours, re-baiting each time.

  8. Carl from Coastal MS says:

    While they are illegal in most states, a knowledge of how to build and use fish traps will let you fish, while devoting your time to other priority tasks in a prolonged survival situation. There are plans on the Internet, showing how to build the larger, old-fashioned wooden slat traps. Before you decide to build one though, you need to check your state regs, because in some states simple possession will get you arrested. (The reason they are illegal, by the way, is that they are so efficient at catching large numbers of fish and are indiscriminate as to species.)

    There is a simpler, legal to possess, smaller alternative to the wooden slat traps, if you live in a coastal area and/or have access to crab traps that are made from plastic coated chicken wire. These can be used to trap fish also (although not as efficiently) by weighting them so that they land on the bottom on one side, leaving two of the remaining three slots vertical instead of horizontal. Widen or narrow the width of the slots to accommodate your target species, and bait them with dry dog or cat food pellets placed in a small mesh cloth or wire container inside the bait well, to keep the pellets from drifting out of the trap (and hungry fish from eating all of your bait).

    If you target catfish, you can fish the crab “pot” right side up, opening all slots a bit, to allow larger catfish to enter, then cover the trap except for the slots, in burlap or some other material that will block most of the light. Catfish will enter the trap even if unbaited, thinking it is a den cave. This is a slower method, that make take some time to attract fish if left unbaited, but works well in ponds or eddies in deeper streams or creeks.

    For all fishing methods, if you can get them and have access to larger bodies of water, use multiple traps, placed at least 100 yards apart, in areas where there is no strong current or tidal flow and either tie them off to something if they are fished from land or use a float (plastic jug) to mark their location if placing in open water out of a boat. Check them at least daily. I recommend checking in the early morning, to harvest fish that feed at night, and again just before dark to get the daylight feeders and re-bait the traps. Fish heads and remains from cleaning can be used in your fish traps instead of dried pet food, or other crab traps “fished” in the normal way, to catch crabs if you are lucky enough to be a “Coastie”. Good fishing!

  9. A quick strike rig like “SpeedHook” will help catch light biting fish.

  10. One thing I would add is that when it comes to fishing, experience and knowledge is better than blind luck. If you haven’t fished much or haven’t fished a place that you are likely to fish in a post disaster situation, I suggest that you spend some time fishing there and test out different baits, depths, lures, techiniques, etc. If possible, fish with a local “expert” who knows where the fish are and how to catch them.

  11. Fishing sounds better then it might be. Unless you have your own stocked pond you are ready to defend. It is a lot of work for little food.
    BUT it is great for mental health, as it is different food. Everything will be hunted out and fished out. The best idea I heard was rabbit food, dog crates in the garage stacked high, rabbits are quiet and can be fed from your garden, are delicious, soft fur, and the rabbit turds mixed with worms make the best furtilizer.

    Also practice preparing it..for instance, trout can be gutted, filled with butter and garlic and a couple of lemon slices wrapped in foil and laid in a small fire directly. Delicious.

    I would have a 10’x 10′ fishing net and string lines….where you just put a treble hood on a 10′ leader tied to a rope tied to a tree and leave it. Also you can have a net across a small portion of a stream or river and the fish get caught in that area.

    Many places like Missouri have endless worms, great bait.
    Also Mississippi river has endless Asian carp which is delicious. You can catch them simply by driving a motor boat up the river and the fish jump in the boat.

    • yes, rabbits are quite, easy to raise, good source of protien etc… i use to raise rabbits. if you raise new zeland or californian breed of rabbits you have a large source of potential income in the mean time( before survival needs) because of the “white “fur of their pelts they command more $ as they can be dyed any color. labritories need large quantities of rabbits that are uniform in age, size etc… for research but to sell to them you have to have the quantity they need, so check that out too. PEL FREEZE is a major buyer of 4-5 pound rabbits by the pound. there are several processing locations in the united states and they have truck routes that pick the rabbits up and buy them. price per pound depends on the distance they are picked up from the facility. there are regular pick up locations on these routes and if you have a truck load they will come to you! while dog crates will work, it is much better if you have specialy constructed cages. the wire can be bought by the roll and cage clamps are cheap. get a book from the library on raising rabbits( there are many great titles) and read before you start raising rabbits, so you do not make costly investments in equipment and such, a penny saved is a penny earned, and that penney can be put to good use in prepping.
      memphis net and twine has a fish related catalog that is free. it is a wish book for fishermen .they use to sell rotenone in 5 gallon buckets. takes the oxygen out of the water to cause fish to come to the surface and cause fish kills. it does not render the fish toxic in any way it just suffocates them. comercialy available trot lines useualy have 20 or 25 hooks. i use to buy several rolls of line and use each roll at its length to make trot lines that had 250 hooks. shiney hooks (silver colored) attract catfish. rabbit guts is good bait for catfish, as does the blood. floating dog food works too. my great uncle was totaly self sufficient, and fished alot with nets( in arkansas they needed a license for nets) and he gave me a recipe to make a solution that would make catfish fight a trot line or snag line. my neighbor did not belive i could catch catfish on a bare hook untill she saw it with her own eyes. take 1 quart of used vegitable oil that was used to fry fish, 3 blocks asifitia(from drug store) and a 1/8 ounce of sweet anise oil. mix it up well and soak your snag lines in it. i would spray my trot line droppers with it. it would take 1 hour to string out my trot line, 1 hour to come back and put the droppers with hooks on it and another hour to bait the hooks. while baiting the hooks she witnessed me pulling catfish off hooks that we had not baited yet!!! i am an extreamist in just about everything i do, if its worth doing, it is worth doing in a big way!! there are several books on survival fishing and hunting. 2 are written by Ragnar Benson “SURVIVAL POACHING” and “HARDCORE POACHING” both are a must read if you intend on doing what it takes to harvest fish and game inorder to survive. one of the methods he tells to catch fish is to make a wire basket and hang some road kill over a body of water. flys lay egs and maggots hatch, eat and fall into water. fish wait below for free meal. this method can be used to feed fish in tanks or ponds for free. if you have a pond and raise rabbits you could make a clothes line with pulleys at each end to cross overhead of the pond. place guts in wire baskets 1 per rabbit and place it over the pond. any road kill will work too. alternate item to place in basket is vegitable scraps. in shallow buckets. black soldier flies will lay eggs in vegitables and magots will develop and crawl out and fall into water. black soldier flies have no mouth and can not bite!! they can be used for chicken food too.

      • Survival Diva says:

        I’m planning another post about DIY fish ponds and aquaponics, and will include your idea about the use of road kill and animal by-products for the fish pond. It’s not an appetizing thought, but it makes perfect sense : )

      • Asifitia is not in my dictionary, Candy. Do you mean asatoetida by any chance? I would like to make up some of your catfish recipe.

  12. As for fresh water fishing, I thought I should remind you and your readers it is best to take smaller fish. Those fish that are larger are the egg producers and if a crisis takes longer than a year to recover, keep in mind you want fish for the next year. Also larger, older fish that prey on other fish and invertibrae have larger levels of mercury in them and eating these large fish every day can do harm to pregnant women and children, and females during their reproductive years.

    My Tips:
    Fish that are small can yield more meat if they are gutted and scaled rather than filleted. Don’t forget the tails. they are very tasty when fried.

    There was a warning for Northern Pike to freeze it 48 hours before pickled to kill certain parasites than can survive pickling. Pickeled pike is like herring, but I have tried other species of fresh fish like sunfish and bass and they fall apart. Northern pike and trout have firmer meat and are great for this method of preserving.

    Canning fish makes fresh water game fish taste more like sardines in a pressure canner, so if you like these taste, you can add tomato hot sauce, mustard, or other flavors to the brew.

    You can make a minnow trap with a large plastic bottle, cut in half and invert the top part into the bottom of the bottle and secure with duct tape. Add some bug meal or crumbs and minnows get trapped and don’t get out. With a wider neck plastic bottle you can make the trap and catch crawdads, a poor man’s lobster.
    –DH

  13. Learn how to use a cast net, it should be 2 ft shorter than you so you can cast better( don’t wear a button down shirt ). Practice in your back yard. You can soak bread & make balls to catch minnows or use cheapest cat food ( tie or tape it to a heavy rock so it doesn’t drift) by punching holes in the can & catch catfish. Just cast your net over any bait . You can make catfish traps using old tires & plywood over the opening. Drill holes in the tire tread area so it sinks & 4″ -5 ” hole in the center of the plywood so the fish can enter. I also put 3/4″ holes in the plywood so it sinks faster. Wiring the plywood to the tire. Use cat food as bait or old stinky anything! ie: rotted road kill . Tie a stout rope to the tire to retrieve it & check your trap. Don’t forget you can eat turtles also, makes a great soup .

  14. The use of gill nets is a great skill that can reward you with large catches in a short period of time.

    Big hooks catch big fish. Small hooks catch small & big fish.

    Fishing line with a hook and a kernel of corn can also catch birds such as wild turkey, pheasants.

    Sprinkle some kernels of corn on the ground. Soak a couple of kernels in water over night so they are soft. Bait a hook with one of the soft kernels. Place the baited hook in the middle of the other kernels. Use about 10 feet of fishing line. Anchor the other end to a stake in the ground, small tree trunk or even a small branch.

    The bird will eat the corn swallowing the hook. They’ll run away when they feel the string in their throat usually setting the hook. Occasionally they’ll snap their necks when they reach the end of the ‘line’.

  15. It surprises me whenever I read an article on fishing that trot-lines are never mentioned. This method is totally legal and allows a single angler to have as many hooks in the water as he has and it can be left to do it’s job just like snares are left for wild game. Making a trot-line is easy too. Just stretch a rope or heavy fishing line between two fixed points in the water. At intervals down that line attach secondary lines or steel leaders with moderately heavy treble hooks which are baited. Wait a while and come back to check. It’s pretty common to get 4 or 5 fish per 20 lines and your time was freed to work on other stuff.

  16. Great article on a great topic.

    Yo-Yo fish traps are something you should look at too. They are in the ‘not fair’ fishing method category, without a doubt. They are cheap to get, easy to use, and they catch fish.

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