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    The fish are safe to eat. Keep in mind that older larger fish will have higher mercury levels than smaller younger fish.... Would I eat a 50lb catfish.... no.. they're not as clean tasting imo.... would I eat a 10-15lb catfish out of the river... yes. Unless you eat fish out of the river on a daily basis you don't have to worry about it. Just my

    I have eaten plenty of fish out of the river.. There are still plenty of commercial fishermen that catch fish out of the river... and I would put money on the fact that you have eaten fish out of the river and didn't even know it lol

    I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Ugh... I've read of many towns/cities that have sewage dumps or overflows during heavy rains that go directly into the river. Delaware County, up-river from Noblesville got in some trouble a while back for the overflow dumping.

    I wouldn't eat it.

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    I'm planning on fishing the White River this weekend but I'll be throwing back what I catch.

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    Something you can do if you're that worried about it.... set up a large "fish tank" and let whatever you catch swim in the clean water for 24-48 hours... it'll help flush their system... That is what I am told at least. Like I said for smaller fish I wouldn't worry about it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcary7 View Post
    Something you can do if you're that worried about it.... set up a large "fish tank" and let whatever you catch swim in the clean water for 24-48 hours... it'll help flush their system... That is what I am told at least. Like I said for smaller fish I wouldn't worry about it at all.

    It's an interesting thought and I wonder how well it would work (ie, how much time it would actually take)

    I know that we've fished a river in KY (cleaner river, mind you) and put the catfish in ponds on our farm. Catching them a few years later, and cleaning them results in very white clean meat. Dirty fish CAN be made clean, but I don't know how long it takes.
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    I think what alot of people remember about the river is that they have heard of all the sewage that has been dumped into it. I think that today there alot more requlations placed on what is placed into the river. I know that I live south of Bloomington and that river is actualy clean in this area. There are several white perch that are caught in this area. White perch can not live in contaminated water. Just my 2 cents

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    In the few places around Indy that you can actually fish White River without trespassing ...the DNR has signs posted stating don't eat the fish.
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    if you have to think this much about it, dont do it.

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    so many ounces per week inner city fish.different forks of the river are cleaner.i got black friends that been eating them and carp.i wouldnt eat at there house that day,but i consider them as good as me or any one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruger7722 View Post
    i wouldnt eat at there house that day,but i consider them as good as me or any one.
    Huh??
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