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Suckers are good for bait. Cut 'em into chunks for catfish bait, or use small ones whole for pike and wipers.

The meat is full of tiny bones so they're not much fun to eat, although a couple of guys with smokers have told me they are good when smoked. They still have the bones, though.
 

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bobwall said:
where did you catch them? would live to get my hands on a few 8 inchers-
They are probably still running at the chatfield inlet.... I also caught 1 and saw some at the rampart res inlet.
 

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fishing303 said:
hmmmm ask your local baitshop see how much you would get for them....
becareful, selling fish caught with a sport license can get you in trouble
 

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Suckers make excellent crawfish bait. And crawfish make excellent dinner. A fresh sucker in a crawfish trap can really bring the mud bugs in. Put a half a sucker in a trap or use a small sucker with slits cut into the flesh.
 

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Carp also make a fantastic garden fertilizer.

Depending on the size of fish, dig a hole and let them decompose a month or two. The hole should be big enough to bury the fish with a few inches of soil on top to keep most animals from digging them up). Turn the soil before planting.

Some of my buddies in Weld County swear by this and have the State Fair ribbons to prove it.

Carp are also the #2 game fish in the world but with all the fantastic sport fishing in this state, the carp have gotten a bad rap.
 
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