Posted by Kerry Grissett on February 07, 2006 at 21:27:17:
In Reply to: fish from the TN river posted by John on February 07, 2006 at 19:41:55:
I'm not sure if you are asking about creel limits or consumption advisories?
In either case, for Alabama creel limits check:
for 2005 Alabama fish consumption advisories check this .pdf file (requires Adobe Acrobat reader):
For my own opinion, follow the creel limit laws of the state of Alabama. Don't eat fish from Alabama waters every day no matter what fish you like to eat. Limit consumption of fish as recommended in the advisories and IMHO don't eat bottom feeders or "rough" fish.
My favorite is crappie, but here are some others that are considered very good table fare by many: sauger, yellow perch, bluegill, shellcracker, hybrid stripe or white bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass. There are more species which many folks eat (like catfish, carp, and buffalo) and I don't eat all that I listed. Some folks will balk at some fish on the list as well. In any case, use moderation and common sense.
All in all, for light to moderate consumption of fishes in "most" Alabama waters, it should be relatively safe if you follow the law and consumption advisories.
Good luck and good fishin'
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