I mainly harvest during the hot-water months - late June - early-mid Sept. Eat some fresh and also freeze some to enjoy other times of the year. Will only keep a striper during the cool water months if it won't go back due to a prolonged fight, etc. Also, I like my "eaters" to be in the 5-10 lb range -big enough to be worth the trouble but not so large to impact the stocks of larger fish, as well as to not have absorbed too much bad stuff.....
Post by getlinewet on Jul 26, 2013 15:41:42 GMT -5
My guess is that most the toxins that are in the striper are located in the skin and the red meat, particularly around the lateral line of the fish. I remember fishing for king salmon on Lake Ontario and the regs also mentioned that the salmon shouldn't be eaten > once a week, if that. The regs also suggested that much of the danger could be eliminated if the dark red meat along the lateral line is removed.
Personally, I eat striper 1x per week on average, but then again I haven't had the privilege of getting any over 10 lbs., so I'm not eating any fish that's absorbed the toxins for many years. Anyway, if you have an aversion to eating SML fish, just remember all of the antibiotics and hormone injections you're eating with that steak you love to chow down on.
Post by thunderstick on Jun 10, 2014 20:50:11 GMT -5
Oh good grief... SML is on of the cleanest/clearest in the country.... you want some impure fish, go to the grocery store or fishmarket and get u some farm raised stuff...or worse pork or beef or processed meat... every body of water has heavy metals etc in it...how would it not, they are in the ground... as for septic, where does every tank in the country drain to? the ground, aka the water table, it is purified as it goes through the ground... not to mention the lakes millions and billions of gallons of fresh water/rain water... hahaha my 2 cents anyway, as an intelligent free thinker... I dont want the govt. or anyone to worry @ what I do/eat... I GOT THIS!!! hahaha.... HOLLA!!!!
I eat fish probably twice a month averaged out over a year. Some from SML, some from Philpott. Striper, White Perch, Walleye and Bluegills make up the majority of my fish. I do not have a problem eating fish from SML, even though I think it is one of the most polluted and dirty lakes I have ever been on.
I know many people think its a pristine lake, but those people must not see where the water comes from. The Blackwater flows through dairy country for almost its entire length. It is filled with bio-solids (cow poop) runoff, and sediment. Its not called the Blackwater for nothing.. The Roanoke flows along and under major roadways for nearly its entire length, as well as through a large portion of city and ghetto. All the roadway chemicals and debris, yard chemicals, trash from yards, untreated hazmat spills, etc goes right into the river. The sediment load from both rivers and almost all major creeks in immense. Just look at the siltation occurring uplake, this is a form of pollution. Then you have the 18,000 or so residents that surround the lake. Just think of the pesticides, herbicides, oils and fuels that wash into the lake from these homes, not to mention the boats that use the lake. Not all boats using this lake are sporting 3 star EPA engines...
That said, if the fish were unfit to eat due to all this pollution, I think they would be dead before we got a chance to catch them.
Post by thunderstick on Jun 15, 2014 23:45:46 GMT -5
fail to mention all the freshwater mussels that clean the water, billions of them. Crystal clear mountain streams and underground mountain springs that also go into the lake! Hundreds of them! The water is clearer than anywhere else around... not to mention nitrobacter bacteria that clean the water and have a chance to work on a big lake like this... alewives/bait comin to docklights??? they are not there just for the lights, they are feeding on phytoplankton drawn to the lights which is also a sign of good water quality..... but I understand a lot of people don't understand biology... bacteria and what they do...the cycle of dirty to clean...etc ... just...Fear Not!! the fish from the lake!! If u do just give em to me please!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!! I am serious!!! I will be up there the next 2 days and would love your filets!!!!! 4344851647!!!! HOLLA!!!!
Post by 2 oars & a trash can on Jun 17, 2014 5:12:53 GMT -5
I follow DGIF recommendations more or less. Regardless of what is in the lake, I feel better knowing how my food was fixed and where it has been, rather than some frozen entree from nine different countries full of who knows what. Every 10 years or so they discover that what they said was bad is good and vice versa. Now bacon is fine but tofu is evil. Who knew? You just have to take it with a grain of salt. Or tartar sauce.