St. Lawrence Valley Region Fish Advisories

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St. Lawrence Valley Region Advice

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If there is no specific advice for a particular waterbody, follow the general advice, which is to eat up to four, half pound meals a month of fish.

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Waterbody 1 (County)
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Fish
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Men Over 15 &
Women Over 50
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Women Under 50 &
Children Under 15
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Chemicals of Concern
All waters NOT listed
(St Lawrence Valley Region)
All fish Up to 4 meals/month Up to 4 meals/month  
Black River, Carthage State Dam to Herrings Dam
(Jefferson)
Carp Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs
Grasse River, mouth to Massena Power Canal
(St. Lawrence)
All fish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs
Lake Champlain, whole lake
(Clinton, Washington, Essex)
Walleye Greater than 19", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 19", up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT Mercury
Lake trout Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Mercury
Lake Champlain, bay within Cumberland Head to Peru Boat Launch
(Clinton)
Yellow perch DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PFAS
Walleye Greater than 19", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 19", up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT Mercury, PFAS
Northern pike Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PFAS
Lake trout Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, PFAS
American eel DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, PFAS
All other fish Up to 4 meals / month DON'T EAT PCBs, Mercury, PFAS
Lake Ontario 2
(Niagara, Oswego, Monroe, Jefferson, Orleans, Wayne, Cayuga)
Lake trout Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Channel catfish Up to 1 meal/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Carp Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Brown trout Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Brown bullhead, Rainbow smelt, Rock bass, White sucker, Yellow perch Up to 4 meals/month Up to 4 meals/month Healthy choice fish3
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Massena Power Canal
(St. Lawrence)
Smallmouth bass Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs
Oswego River, mouth to Varick Dam at Oswego (Lock #8)
(Oswego)
See Lake Ontario advice
Oswego River, Varick Dam at Oswego (Lock #8) to Upper Dam at Fulton (Lock #2)
(Oswego)
Channel catfish Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs
Red Lake
(Jefferson)
Walleye Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT Mercury
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT Mercury
Salmon River, mouth to Salmon River Reservoir
(Oswego)
Lake Ontario advice
and Smallmouth bass Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Salmon River Reservoir
(Oswego)
Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT Mercury
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT Mercury
St. Lawrence River, whole river, excluding area listed below
(Franklin, Jefferson, St. Lawrence)
Lake trout Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Channel catfish Up to 1 meal/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Carp Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Brown trout Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
Brown bullhead, Rainbow smelt, Rock bass, White sucker, Yellow perch Up to 4 meals/month Up to 4 meals/month Healthy choice fish3
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs, Mirex, Dioxin
St. Lawrence River, from South Channel Bridge (including Turtle Creek Cove) downstream to north end of Raquette Point (Navigation Light Number 11)
(St. Lawrence)
All fish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs

1 The specific health advisories for the waters listed above also apply to tributaries and connected waters if there are no dams, falls, or barriers to stop the fish from moving upstream.

2 Check the NYS DEC website for updated regulations and special restrictions for certain species.

3 This fish is a good choice for the whole family. Learn more information about how advisories are set.

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