Health concerns & warmwater fish
I was wondering about eating the warm water fish from the Willamette and Lower Columbia? In the fishing regs, there are health warnings about eating the fish due to toxins. I see lots of people fishing bass and panfish in the Willamette and Multnomah Channel. Do they C&R these fish, or do they take them home and eat them? I have always been afraid to eat them, so I don't fish them.
I grew up in Eastern Washington fishing areas like Potholes Reservoir, Banks Lake, and Moses Lake for perch, crappie, bluegill, and walleye. I love to eat this fish and would like to find an area to get into them. I know there are bass & walleye to be had on the Columbia. Would they be safe to eat if a person caught them above the I-205 bridge? I am sure the water is not the best there, but it has to be better than what is flowing through the Willamette and Multnomah Channel.
I fish for steelhead up at Camas and just thought when I am waiting for, or after, the outgoing tide, I could go chase some of these other critters.
[ 07-12-2001: Message edited by: brshooter ]
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