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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Water
Fish Consumption Advisories

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

 

Statewide Guidance
The guidance below applies to specific groups of fish from all Kentucky waters:

 

 Statewide Guidance

 
  
  
  
  
  
StatewidePredatory fish1 meal per month6 meals per yearMercury
StatewideBottom feeder fish and Panfish1 meal per week1 meal per monthMercury
StatewideAll other fishNo Advisory1 meal per weekMercury

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:
 

 Additional Guidance

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
Drakes CreekW. Fork at Franklin, KY downstream to confluenceAll fishNo ConsumptionNo ConsumptionPCB
Little Bayou CreekMcCracken CountyAll FishNo ConsumptionNo ConsumptionPCB
Mud RiverHancock Lake Dam to Wolf Lick CreekBottom feeder fishNo ConsumptionNo ConsumptionPCB
Mud RiverHancock Lake Dam to Wolf Lick CreekPredatory fish/Panfish1 meal per month6 meals per yearPCB
Mud RiverWolf Lick Creek to the Green RiverBottom feeder fish1 meal per month6 meals per yearPCB
Mud River Wolf Lick Creek to the Green RiverPredatory fish/Panfish1 meal per week1 meal per monthPCB
Town BranchLogan CountyAll fishNo ConsumptionNo ConsumptionPCB
Metropolis LakeMcCracken CountyAll fishNo ConsumptionNo Consumption PCB
Knox CreekPike CountyFlathead CatfishNo ConsumptionNo ConsumptionPCB
Knox CreekPike CountyBottom feeder fish6 meals per yearNo ConsumptionPCB
Knox CreekPike CountyPredatory fish1 meal per month6 meals per yearPCB
Knox CreekPike CountyPanfish1 meal per month6 meals per yearPCB/Mercury
Green River LakeLake-wideBottom feeder fish1 meal per month6 meals per yearPCB/Mercury
Fishtrap LakeVA/KY state line to DamPredatory fish1 meal per week1 meal per monthPCB
Fishtrap LakeVA/KY state line to damBottom feeder fish/White bass1 meal per month6 meals per yearPCB
Fish LakeBallard CountyBottom feeder fish1 meal per month6 meals per yearMercury
Western KY Wildlife Management AreaMcCracken CountyAll FishNo ConsumptionNo ConsumptionMercury



For additional information about fish tissue and fish consumption advisories, contact Garrett Stillings at Garrett.Stillings@ky.gov.