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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Consumption Advisory

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ARE THE FISH I CATCH SAFE TO EAT? 877-458-FISH

The summary of advisories issued in the past by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is updated annually and included as a reminder to anglers. These advisories apply to recreationally-caught fish from Connecticut waters. Individuals in the high risk group should be particularly careful in their fish consumption.

Proper cleaning and cooking methods include: removing the skin, “lateral line” area, belly flaps and dark meat, and broiling or grilling. These methods can reduce PCB levels by 50%.

For More Information

Including the fish consumption fact sheet, a special fact sheet for pregnant women, foreign language summaries, and for updates visit the Department of Public Health (CTDPH) website at: www.ct.gov/dph/fish or call CTDPH.

  • Have health questions: call CTDPH at 860-509-7740 or toll-free at 877-458-FISH (3474).
  • Have fishing questions: call CTDEEP at 860-424-FISH (3474).

Advisory

Waterbody

Fish Species

High Risk Group a

Low Risk Group b

Contaminant

Statewide Freshwater Fish

All Fresh Waterbodies
(See more restrictive advice for
specific waterbodies listed below)

Trout

No Limits on Consumption c

No Limits on Consumption

All other fish

One meal per month

One meal per week

Mercury

Specific Freshwater Fish

Dodge Pond, Wyassup Lake,
Lake McDonough, Silver Lake
(Berlin)

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel

Do not eat

One meal per month

Mercury

Housatonic River above Derby Dam
(except as listed below for lakes on Housatonic River)

Trout, Catfish, Eels, Carp, Northern Pike

Do not eat

Do not eat

PCBs

Bass, White Perch

Do not eat

One meal per 2 months

PCBs

Bullheads

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Panfish
(Sunfish, Yellow Perch, etc.)

One meal per month

One meal per week

PCBs

Lakes on Housatonic River:
(Lillinonah, Zoar, Housatonic)

Bass, White Perch

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Other Species

See advice for river

See advice for river

PCBs

Quinnipiac River above Quinnipiac Gorge

All species

Do not eat

Do not eat

PCBs

Q Gorge/Hanover Pond (Meriden)

All species

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Eight Mile River (Southington)

All species

Do not eat

Do not eat

PCBs

Connecticut River

Carp

Do not eat

One meal per 2 months

PCBs

Catfish

Do not eat

One meal per month

PCBs

Versailles, Papermill Ponds & connecting section of Little River (Sprague)

All species

Do not eat

Do not eat

Mercury, PCBs

Furnace Brook (Cornwall)

Trout

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Blackberry River downstream of
“Blast Furnace” (North Canaan)

Smallmouth Bass

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Konkapot River (North Canaan)

White Sucker

Do not eat

One meal per month

Mercury

Brewster Pond (Stratford)

Catfish & Bullheads

Do not eat

Do not eat

Chlordane

Union Pond (Manchester)

Carp, Catfish, Bass

Do not eat

Do not eat

Chlordane

Specific Saltwater Species

Long Island Sound and connected rivers

Striped Bass

Do not eat

One meal per month

PCBs

Bluefish over 25"

Do not eat

One meal per month

PCBs

Bluefish 13–25" d

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Weakfish

One meal per month

One meal per month

PCBs

Mill River (Fairfield) (excluding Southport Harbor)

Blue Crab

Do not eat

Do not eat

Lead

Regulations in red are new this year.

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