For those of you that say it can't be done it can be done! I've done it on numerous occasions and as a fish specialist still get fish in once a while that are so dried up they could be used for balsa wood! And I've done crappies like this with great success that we all know can be diffcult to skin out even in pristine condition. Here's how I do it. 1.) Soak the fish in ice water. It won't want to stay submerged so you will have to set something on top of it to get it to stay under the water. 2.) When you can make your incision and peel back the skin with your skinning knife if possible. If not it needs to soak more. 3.) Keep soaking and pulling it out of the water periodically and skin as much as you can each time. As you open the fish and expose it to the water it will slowly rehydrate. Keep the water cold to keep down bacteria growth. 4.) Keep on it but don't allow it to soak any longer than need be. 5.) Don't worry if you leave lots of flesh on the skin when removing the carcass as it will rehydrate when you soak it again for scraping the next time you remove it from the water. Also use a fresh scalpel blade to scrape if necessary. And I would strongly suggest usiing the half cast method for the crappies so no testing fitting or fiddling around with the skin is necessary. It can be done!