Eating fish from the Ohio River

Discussion in 'KENTUCKY RIVERS TALK' started by bnt55, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I usually throw back all that I catch in the river. That's mainly because I go to State Lakes and Private Ponds/Lakes for my eaters.
    I know people that eat what they catch from the Ohio and their fine, no problems at all. I don't eat them because the only Cats I target in the Ohio River are Flatties and I only eat 2-5Lb Channels. I'll occasionally catch small Channels in the River but I throw them back because I usually don't catch enough small Channels to keep.
    The one area I fish has HUGE Channels but If their over 5-6Lbs I won't keep them. I let them go so they can breed. Just my choice....:wink::big_smile:
     

  3. KYfarmer

    KYfarmer New Member

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    I usually will keep a few fish 10# and under and have fish fries with family and friends. By the time all of that is gone then its sauger time and I love those little buggers. I think if a sauger was glowing in the dark I would still eat it!!:eek:oooh:
     
  4. river1214rat

    river1214rat New Member

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    Last year I started cleaning and keeping cats 5-6 lbs and under. Soak them in salt water for 36-48 hrs. changing the water several times...freeze..then soak in milk before I fry them. Best catfish I have ever eaten. (The doctors still haven't diagnosed the flourascent green glow I have developed lol...lol) I buy my fish batter from Weisenburger Mills in Midway, KY. You can get it online. In fact, I'm fixing some tomorrow night, cole slaw and corn bread...yum, yum, YUM!! :roll_eyes:

    Linda
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I will eat catfish from the river as long as they are 5 pounds or less. That is pretty much my safety net for all water bodies. Heck I would be glowing green by now if I put any stock in those reports.

    The chemicals accumlate over time. Smaller fish are not as "dangerous" as the bigger fish.
     
  6. Foam Steak

    Foam Steak New Member

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    I ate a small flathead I caught once. I have eaten plenty of summer Stripers and winter Saugers. YUMMY!
     
  7. Kmann

    Kmann New Member

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  8. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    i will eat small flatheads , white bass and sauger..