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Old 05-27-2015, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Caught two "eater" sized cats. However the smaller one had pimple-like red bumps all over its body. Anybody heard of this?
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sadly yet safely i think i will discard them both. Just confirms why I dont ever take fish out of DPR.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i rarely post on here but i feel obligated to insist you dont eat anything out of the dpr. those fish shouldve never been harvested in the first place. while the dpr has made a massive comeback, it is not safe to eat out of.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Since I enjoy eating some of my catch I am curious as to what the safety concern is.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mainly, especially in times like today , urban runoff.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I searched "Illinois fish consumption" and found in the Illinois Department of Public Health a list of many waters with advisories on contaminants in fish. In the Des Plaines it is PCB in carp, channel cats and drum. Much of the concern is for kids and for women who might have kids. As an old fart I think I'll just cook 'em up and enjoy.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Knowing Illinois government , they probably wrote that not even knowing pike , much less big , old pike are in the river...trusting our state government when it comes to our natural resources is a big gamble and one I personally don't take.
Eat whatever you like (but it would be much better for EVERYONE if there were a slot limit in my stretch , taking handles and leaving larger to live on...) but understand that the DesPlaines is a regularly flooded river, regularly....there is runoff from sewage, lawns and whatever people want to dump on their lawns , commercial properties , animal habitat, etc ., etc ., pouring in right now. There was flooding recently before these last rains. These last rains raising the levels 5' and there may be again before the 4 month rainy season is over here. It's an urban drain.
If there were coho and eyes in abundance and easily taken in there you could not pay me to eat them.
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