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If a person is fishing in a lake, river, or whatever....how can they determine if the fish is a good one to eat or not?

I have thought about taking up fishing as a hobby in my retirement, but do actually want to EAT the fish.

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It is best to know the species you are targeting and what species are in that body of water. Limits and restrictions are often a factor, and are enforced by the Department of Agriculture (fish and game) as well as many other agencies.
Pick up a fishing license and a copy of the regulations, the regs should show you what you can and can't catch, when and where.
Have fun :0

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I think I will have fun- I just do not want to "hurt the fish" and then have to throw them back because they were the wrong kind to eat.
I do not mind totally killing them and eating them.
I guess this seems non-rational.....but it is how I feel.
Thanks for your thoughts and comments
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Well if it's at least 12 inches it can feed 1-3 people and the bigger the better

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You have got to know the species of fish present in that particular water body. Most species of fish are edible provided they are well cooked. Your best bet is to go back to where your fishing license was issued and ask for a book on this; they usually have a book containing the edible fishes.

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great-I did not know this!!!!! Thanks so very much
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All fresh water fish are edible, with a very small chance of hep A. Check that the place where you are fishing is clean and there is no pollution, that is most likely the biggest problem.

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thanks so much
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