The Kentucky Departments for Environmental Protection, Public Health and Fish and Wildlife Resources jointly issue fish consumption advisories to the public when fish are found with trace contaminants of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and chlordane.
These advisories caution citizens about potential health problems that may result from eating fish caught statewide as well as from a particular waterbody. These advisories do not ban eating fish; it is a guide to help citizens reduce risk and make informed decisions about eating fish from Kentucky waters. This guidance provides information on how often fish may be safely eaten. Most fish are healthy to eat and are an excellent source of low-fat protein.
Consumption advisories do not affect those who swim, ski or boat in Kentucky waters.
Current Fish Consumption Advisories
Updated: January 2016
The guidance below applies to specific groups of fish from all Kentucky waters:
|Statewide||Predatory fish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||Mercury|
|Statewide||Bottom feeder fish and Panfish||1 meal per week||1 meal per month||Mercury|
|Statewide||All other fish||No Advisory||1 meal per week||Mercury|
Note: one meal is considered to be an 8 oz serving for a 150 pound person.
Sensitive Populations: Women of childbearing age and children 6 years and younger are advised to eat no more than six meals per year of predatory fish and no more than one meal per month of panfish and bottom feeder fish. The general public is advised to eat no more than one meal per month of predatory fish and no more than one meal per week of panfish and bottom feeder fish.
Predatory fish include: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass and Striped Bass and their hybrids, Yellow Bass, Flathead Catfish, Blue Catfish,
Musky, Sauger and Walleye and their hybrids, Bowfin, Chain Pickerel and all Gars.
Panfish include: Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Rock Bass, and Crappie species.
Bottom feeder fish include: Channel Catfish, Drum, Carp Sucker, White Sucker, Common Carp, Bullhead species, Northern Hog Sucker, Buffalo species, Spotted Sucker, Redhorse species, Sturgeon and Creek Chub.
Other fish include: Asian Carp, Trout species, Minnows, etc.
Additional Guidance for Specific Lakes and Streams
A more restrictive guidance for fish consumption is recommended for these waterbodies in Kentucky:
|Drakes Creek||W. Fork at Franklin, KY downstream to confluence||All fish||No Consumption||No Consumption||PCB|
|Little Bayou Creek||McCracken County||All Fish||No Consumption||No Consumption||PCB|
|Mud River||Hancock Lake Dam to Wolf Lick Creek||Bottom feeder fish||No Consumption||No Consumption||PCB|
|Mud River||Hancock Lake Dam to Wolf Lick Creek||Predatory fish/Panfish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||PCB|
|Mud River||Wolf Lick Creek to the Green River||Bottom feeder fish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||PCB|
|Mud River ||Wolf Lick Creek to the Green River||Predatory fish/Panfish||1 meal per week||1 meal per month||PCB|
|Town Branch||Logan County||All fish||No Consumption||No Consumption||PCB|
|Metropolis Lake||McCracken County||All fish||No Consumption||No Consumption ||PCB|
|Knox Creek||Pike County||Flathead Catfish||No Consumption||No Consumption||PCB|
|Knox Creek||Pike County||Bottom feeder fish||6 meals per year||No Consumption||PCB|
|Knox Creek||Pike County||Predatory fish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||PCB|
|Knox Creek||Pike County||Panfish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||PCB/Mercury|
|Green River Lake||Lake-wide||Bottom feeder fish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||PCB/Mercury|
|Fishtrap Lake||VA/KY state line to Dam||Predatory fish||1 meal per week||1 meal per month||PCB|
|Fishtrap Lake||VA/KY state line to dam||Bottom feeder fish/White bass||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||PCB|
|Fish Lake||Ballard County||Bottom feeder fish||1 meal per month||6 meals per year||Mercury|
|Western KY Wildlife Management Area||McCracken County||All Fish||No Consumption||No Consumption||Mercury|
For additional information about fish tissue and fish consumption advisories, contact Garrett Stillings at Garrett.Stillings@ky.gov.