Edible freshwater fish
Posted April 05 2007 - 04:20 PM
Posted April 05 2007 - 04:38 PM
Posted April 05 2007 - 04:49 PM
Posted April 05 2007 - 06:17 PM
Most states publish some sort of consumption advisory and it might even be in the guide that you get with your license. I know NY and PA both have consumption advisories in their books.
Posted April 05 2007 - 10:03 PM
Originally Posted by albacized
Almost any freshwater fish caught here in North America is edible as long as it's not coming from bodies of water filled with mercury and other pollutants.
The Hudson River is one of the areas to avoid for certain fish.
Posted April 06 2007 - 07:39 AM
Posted April 06 2007 - 07:47 AM
Bluegill and crappie are also awesome too. Pike are great if you can deal with the bones too.
Posted April 06 2007 - 08:05 AM
The y bones of pike are not intended for people who eat in a hurry, like me, even though the white meat of a fresh-caught pike grilled lakeside is good. My favorite is fat yellow perch, if they are big enough.
And Stormcaster, I respect your knowledge of the Hudson, but once after fishing all day for Hudson stripers in upstate NY, the only thing I had to show for it was a 6 lb catfish caught before leaving. I cleaned the fish well, cut out belly parts, and baked that sucker. De-lish! No toxicity discovered (though it might have damaged my brain and way of thinkin').
However, Stormcaster does make a good point about knowing the area where you take your fish from. Many NJ & NY river and brackish areas were dumping grounds for years. Now the waters are clean, but some areas still contain PCBs and other chemicals buried in the mud. This is really not something to leave to chance. Some areas have signs posted telling you where it's not safe to eat the fish, esp crabs, b/c of the way they feed.
I would say, when in doubt, don't eat it (good as a general rule for food and realtionships). - Dark
Posted April 06 2007 - 08:18 AM
I like this one .
"I would say, when in doubt, don't eat it (good as a general rule for food and realtionships)."
I loved walleye form Lake Erie when we lived in MI. Perch were also very good. Just took a bunch to make a good feed.