Originally Posted by LostLouisianian
Do people actually eat the catfish from UL? With everything in there I have a hard time understanding that.
We have had a few (often vigorous) discussions/debates about the subject on here. The facts are these.
1. There is a consumption advisory (for PCB's) on the channel catfish and carp. This is further elucidated in the link below, as well as many of ones other favorite waters.
2. The other species have no advisories for pcb's on them.
3. Statewide, mercury is the biggest fish toxin concern. Utah lake fish have been tested for mercury and had some of the lowest tested values of any fish in the state at that time. .45's stream caught trout have a fair likelihood of having much more mercury in them than any UL fish.
Therefore, there is no mercury advisory on UL fish in spite of what you may read from some internet warriors on occasion.
Now the opinion.
1. For a lot of folks, it doesn't matter if the fish flesh is as pristine as the wind driven snow. When they have seen the history of the lake, the lake stink, the turbid water and dumps and treatment plants nearby, they won't eat the fish. If they did, it would probably be yucky. There's no sense fighting this.
2. For me, I and my kids eat panfish,walleye, and white bass when available and I will eat 1-3 catfish a year and adhere to the advisory. I prefer the 18-24 inch cats to harvest and with the recipes I use, they are some of the best fish one can eat. cats over 25 inches tend to be a bit gamier and less tasty. The kids don't care for catfish but will eat panfish fillets on occasion with their old man. All delicious.
3. I would love to see Utah lake cleaned up further in reducing phosphate and nutrient drainage into the lake. it would reduce those nasty algae blooms and help with the stink. That is why I've always supported the (unpopular with fishermen) June sucker program as it provides funds to make the lake better.