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Post Posted: 01:00pm - Jan 4,19 
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are perch safe to eat from the Chicago river?

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Post Posted: 01:02pm - Jan 4,19 
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Sorry about the misspelled title.

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Post Posted: 01:50pm - Jan 4,19 
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carraliam wrote:
Sorry about the misspelled title.


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Post Posted: 02:41pm - Jan 4,19 
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Hell Ya.

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Post Posted: 04:07pm - Jan 4,19 
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To each their own but I’m not eating anything I know is swimming around that “river”

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Post Posted: 04:43pm - Jan 4,19 
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After reading Dale Bowman's 12/21 article on Sun-Times: "More than perch, more than a boat ride: Winter
perch fishing the Chicago River", I asked him if it was safe to eat the perch from the Chicago River. His reply appeared on 12/30 "GOAT fishing excuse, carp barrier, perch-eating safety":

DALE’S MAILBAG
“Do you intend to eat the catch from the [Chicago River]? I fished the river for the first time about 10 days ago (no action at Navy Pier) and cleaned some nice perch. After cleaning, I wondered if it’s safe to eat them. Many people said not to eat them since the river is contaminated and full of bacteria. The second time I fished, it smelled like sewer near Wabash bridge. I didn’t keep any fish. (The wife was upset for not bringing any catch.)” Mark Sakaguchi

A: Excellent question. The perch are coming in from the lake. They are not residents of the river, but the Chicago River has no warnings on yellow perch. Lake Michigan has minor advisories on perch. Click here for the general map of fish advisories from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Click here for the Chicago River advisories.

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