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Old 03-10-2004, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this question has been asked before but do you guys eat your catch after fishing the Fox?
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I've only eaten one - a nice walleye. It was GOOOOD!
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Never have kept a fish out of the Fox and never will. There are plenty of other places I would keep a fish out to eat. The few select fish I keep once or twice a year come from gin clear waters in Northern WI....
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i eat fish out of the fox.
channel catfish and drum are pretty good and there seems to be nothin wrong with me
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Some say that if you eat bass or walleyes from the Fox River that it may cause a chemical reaction inside your intestines, immediately turning them into a slimy green mess.

Fortunately, I hear Dominicks has some pretty good sales right now in their seafood department
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We used to eat the fish we caught out of the river, but times have changed. And it's a real bummer, but it seems that every day some more bad news about consuming fish from Illinois waters shows up in the news... Mercury in the inland waters, PCB's in Lake Michigan... I think the best you can do is try to limit what you eat to smaller panfish or stick to spring fed lakes like the ones in Silver Springs state park (In Yorkville) if you can't live without a catfish dinner.
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Old 03-10-2004, 07:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't eat the fish, especially from this river because........

1) - I'm not good at fishing this river, especially this river!

2) - not worth the risk of getting "health problems"

3) - I know what gets dumped in, and I don't like the color of the water.

4) - I'm better off buying myself Gorton's Cod fillets at the store, when they taste crispier and most likely better than anything from this river.


Now I'll quit complaining about myself, and go eat some cod fillets bought from Jewel!

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Old 03-11-2004, 01:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I believe the fox is cleaner right now than at any time in my life, so anybody who says they used to eat fish from the river was far worse off then than now... I remember getting the hives from swimming in the river back in the 60's due to the polution... Now, when the boats aren't churning it into a muddy brown froth, I can see bottom in 12"-15"of water...
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You are 100% right ja-knee-sea, I too grew up on the Chain and Fox river. I can remember a 1/2 inch thick layer of algae every morning when the water was calm. We used to call it pea soup. It's because the bacteria levels were so high. Water clarity doesn't always mean clean or chemical free but in the case of the Fox Chain, it's much cleaner than it was 30-40 years ago. I have been catching and eating fish from these water's since I was a kid. I'm still here :wink: There are precautions that we can take that were unknown back then but in general the Fox river and Chain O Lakes is in the best shape I seen in my lifetime
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I almost forgot, it stunk too
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