Did you know that Michigan has over 11,000 lakes, streams, and rivers, as well as the longest freshwater coastline in the United States? Because of this, Michiganders are lucky that we're never far from a great fishing hole.
Unfortunately, some of those fishing holes have been polluted with toxic chemicals, like PCBs, dioxin, and mercury*. Over the years, these toxic chemicals in the lakes and rivers can build up in fish. When you eat the fish, the chemicals can build up in your body, too. You can keep this from happening by choosing to eat fish that are lower in chemicals. The Eat Safe Fish in Michigan brochure, the Eat Safe Fish Guide, and the Statewide Safe Fish Guidelines can help you choose safer fish to eat.
- Eat Safe Fish in Michigan brochure
A basic overview...Find out if you're at risk!
- Eat Safe Fish Guide
Also known as the Michigan Fish Advisory
- Statewide Safe Fish Guidelines
Can't find your lake or river in the Eat Safe Fish Guide? Then the Statewide Safe Fish Guidelines are for you!
- 3Cs & S.A.F.E.
Did you forget to bring along your Eat Safe Fish Guide? Learn easy ways to remember how to choose safer fish...just right for those times when you forget to pack the Eat Safe Fish Guide.
- How do chemicals end up in fish?
- Learn to Fish!
New to fishing? Learn what you need to do to get started from the Michigan DNR.
Catch and release fishing is a great way to get outside and enjoy our state's beautiful lakes and rivers. If you're going to eat your fish, just remember to check the Eat Safe Fish Guide before you take them home!