Fishing in northern Illinois waterways can provide a great deal of sport, but it may also provide reason for concern.
While there are nutritional benefits of eating fish from Illinois lakes and rivers, contaminants can make fish less than ideal to eat.
The Illinois Department of Public Health issues a fish advisory for more than 90 waterways in the state. The “eatability” of fish from those waters is rated based on the size and species of fish commonly caught there.
The food safety of fish also varies according to where you fish in what body of water.