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Edible freshwater fish

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Can someone direct me to a site or list of edible freshwater game fish? I tried a search on Google and Yahoo but didn't get much info. If it's easier you can just let me know the fish that aren't edible.
post #2 of 10
all depends where you are fishing.

our Region 1 DEC office has these fish consumption warnings for Long Island fresh water fishes

http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/d...healthadv.html

Makes ya wanna practice more C&R :-o




V.
post #3 of 10
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.
post #4 of 10
Hhhmmmm freshwater fish you say? Maybe its just me but everything from the fresh around me tastes like mudd. Even the stocked trout that were only in the water for a day tasted like mudd to me. My brother inlaw says he loves pond caught largemouths so who knows. I guess it depends on what you like. Almost all fish and game websites will have the advisories on what can be eaten and how much is suggested.

John
post #5 of 10
I only eat fresh water stuff caught through the ice. The warm water fish all taste like mud to me. As far as the stocked trout go, It's strictly catch and release with the exception of one stream that I fish. The hatcheries feed them pellets that seem to be liver based and the fish acquire that taste.



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.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by albacized View Post
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.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
looks like its just catch and release then...I don't want to take the chance getting sick. The waters I fish are smaller, like 50-70 acre ponds that are in a highly settled city. I've always thought C&R was the right hting to do anyway since I don't really need to fish to eat anyway since my fridge is full.
post #8 of 10
Mud???? You guys are crazy. Not sure what you catch out these ways but I just moved from Ohio. You flat out won't beat some fresh lake erie walleye or yellow perch. I'd put it over any white meat fish I've had...even cod if that doesn't get me banned.

Bluegill and crappie are also awesome too. Pike are great if you can deal with the bones too.
post #9 of 10
Props to our new member mojo for admitting to eating pike. I have eaten some we caught in Quebec, but they are plentiful b/c even the Canadians don't like them, prefer walleyes.

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
post #10 of 10
Dark,
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.

Cabo
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