burying fish carcasses in your garden

SC McCarty

Well-known member
#1
I caught a shovelnose this weekend. After cleaning it, there was a large carcass that I put in the garbage. This seemed like such a waste, but I did not know how to appropriately bury it in the garden, so that there was no problem with smell or being dug up by animals. Any suggestions?

Steve
 

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#5
The guts, heads and other assorted pieces of the fish I had cleaned helped make my mom's roses look beautiful. Agreed on cutting them up into managable size pieces instead of a whole fish per plant. As for depth, I never buried them that deep, maybe a foot or so but I guess it could depend on your pets.
 

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#6
The other option, depending upon type of fish (but especially good for oily fish like mackerel and bonito), is to use them for chum. You can cut them up into small pieces but better is to buy a cheap grinder (around $20+) and run them through that. Package in Ziploc bags and save for your next fishing trip.
 
#12
i think i'd have a raccon party in my yard if i buried fish carcasses. I had 5 raccoons swarm my front porch the other night, and then 1 pulled a rat out of a bush and proceeded to eat him on my porch (caught on security camera).
 

SC McCarty

Well-known member
#13
i think i'd have a raccon party in my yard if i buried fish carcasses. I had 5 raccoons swarm my front porch the other night, and then 1 pulled a rat out of a bush and proceeded to eat him on my porch (caught on security camera).
Nice to know you have raccoons protecting your property.

Steve