It's all about preparation, you can't just fillet a fish and skin it . Most good fisherman know you don't keep the belly meat portion and skin high, as to not keeping the mudline . It's simple shiz guys. Most of the "crap" meat is in the mudline and belly fat. Just clean your fish properly. Quit being lazy and do something beside trolling fish sites. Half of you probably don't even fish ffs, and just tolllololo
Fox River DePere Voyager
Fishing is typically good on the fox for all species right now. When i am not catching piles of fish up there i am usually having a good laugh at the people stuffing coolers full of rough fish, catfish and white bass. Great body of water to fish but its an absolutely disgusting body of water in the late spring to early fall.
good question! I have two guesses tho.
1st, seeing as how white bass preferred food source is other smaller fishes, contaminants will accumulate faster in the white bass than say walleye or perch that have a little variety in their food sources. Smaller fishes will have very little contaminants but since white bass will key in on and gorge on smaller fishes those contaminates will build up in the white bass faster?
2nd, the biology of the white bass is different than a walleye and perch. I would use the term bioaccumulation in this explanation. Bioaccumulation occurs when an organism absorbs a substance at a rate faster than that at which the substance is lost by catabolism and excretion. So maybe the white bass does not expel those contaminants as fast as a walleye or perch?
Also, just to mention fish species higher up in the food chain will have higher toxin levels than fish at lower levels of the food chain. For example, musky eat larger fish and those larger fish tend to have higher toxin levels so the more larger fish the musky eats the more contaminants accumulate in the musky. But when it comes to bluegill for example they are lower on the food chain that eat mainly plankton, bugs, worms, etc. and those organisms do no accumulate toxins like a fish does so the bluegill will have lower toxin levels which is why you almost always see no so strict guildines when it comes to panfish.
Anybody else kind of surprised white bass are on the do not eat list? Not sure what they eat that would make them any more or less "toxic" than say a perch or walleye. They're not bottom feeders, so I'm not clear on why. Any thoughts?
Actually those are not the guidelines. Once you hit the bay it's 1 channel catfish every two months and it's says you should not eat whitebass still. Also, where did I say you would die from eating them? I didn't. I will follow the guidelines as I like to reduce my risk of cancer seeing as how most everything can give you cancer now a days. I do not have to get over my "stupid ego" as I do eat fish I just choose to follow the guidelines as they are there for a reason. But I guess people that follow guiidline that are in place have "stupid egos" but I would say it's the other way around. The people with the stupid egos are the ones that choose not to follow the guidelines that are in place for your health and safety. Their "stupid egos" are to big to follow those stupid guidelines!! And they might be cleaning up the river but obviously not enough to change the consumption guidelines.
What's so absurd about people not wanting to eat fish out of this river is the guidelines you so follow. For one thing if you look at the guidelines from the dam in DePere to the mouth you shouldn't eat channel catfish at all or whitebass. Once you hit the mouth to the bay you can eat channel catfish once per week from the bay. Are you f'ing kidding me, do you people actually think that a fish caught in the river is no different than one caught in the bay. Furthermore most of these fish are coming from the bay to spawn. Living in the river for a minimal amount of time. Do you really think they get PCB's that quick and you're going to die from them. C'MON MAN. All you walleye fisherman and whitefish fisherman keep our fish from these parts , it's no different. Actually I'm glad you scare people away from eating fish, it's more for me and more for the other people that catch and keep, but who are to scared for the backlash to post like I do . I'm not scared and neither should be the other thousand people that keep fish here. Also they have cleaned the river up for the past year . Also, if you properly clean fish, per DNR site you can increase the fillets by 70% of cleanliness. Furthermore , again like any body of suspect water you don't eat these fish on a daily basis, you follow some guidelines yourself, as in eating only once a month of these fish or twice a month. Get over your stupid egos about what not to eat and eat something for once. Sitting behind a computer smoking cig's and eating processed foods gets you cancer far faster than fish, imbeciles. Tight lines and good fishing all
Those are the guidelines for the bay and the tribs(not including the fox) the guidelines for de Pere and the Fox below the dam are posted a couple posts down. I don't see a problem with eating fish as long as it's within the guidelines. I just don't get people completing ignoring the fact that it says do not eat whitebass or channel cats from the fox. They don't come up with the guidelines of the top of their head they have actually tested the fish and concluded that the meat is to high in mercury, pcb's, etc. to consum safely. Stupidity is the only thing I can come up with eating a fish it tells you not to eat.