Limit Your Meals From These Waters

Limit Your Meals From These Waters

In addition to the advisories listed, Ohio EPA advises not eating snapping turtle meat from some locations.

The sport fish consumption advisory table lists water body areas in which one or more species of fish are contaminated.

This table includes the following advisories: one meal per month; one meal per 2 months; and do not eat.

  • Fish with low levels of contaminants are safe to eat, provided the trimming, cooking and meal frequency advice is followed. The maximum recommended frequencies for eating those fish are included in the table.
  • Fish with high levels of contaminants should not be eaten. The maximum recommended frequency for eating those fish is identified in the table as Do Not Eat.

How To Use This Advisory Table

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
Body of Water Area Under Advisory Species One meal per Contaminant
Nemo River U.S. Route 71 to Xeno River Halibut 20" and over 2 Months Mercury
    Halibut under 20" 

  • In columns 1 and 2, find the body of water and location in which you are fishing.
  • In column 3, find the kind of fish you have caught.  If a length is noted, measure the fish from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail fin. Go to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Fish Species for pictures, descriptions and other information about common Ohio sport fish.
  • In column 4, find the maximum recommended meal frequency for the size and type of fish. One meal per week (52 meals per year), one meal per month (12 meals per year) and one meal every two months (six meals per year) is advice for how long to wait before eating your next meal of sport fish.
  • In column 5, find the contaminant causing the advisory.

NOTE: Italicized bodies of water have fish with low levels of contaminants with a less strict advisory than the statewide "one meal per week" advice.


Ohio Department of Health
(800) 755-4769

Request publications:
Ohio EPA Public Interest Center
(614) 644-2160

Gary Klase
(614) 644-2865


Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water
(614) 644-2001

Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water
Standards and Technical Support Section
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

The Ohio Department of Health, in cooperation with Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, issues sport fish consumption advisories under Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3701).