2015 Ohio Sport Fish Health and Consumption Advisory

Advice for anyone who eats fish caught in Ohio. 

The Ohio Department of Health advises everyone limit consumption of sport fish caught from all waterbodies in Ohio to one meal per week, unless there is a more or less restrictive advisory.

Eat fish low in contaminants.

Fish are generally low in fat and high in protein. Fish contain a number of vitamins and minerals, and are the primary food source for long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids are important during fetal brain and eye development and may help to prevent heart disease in adults.

Fish consumption advisories are subject to change based on new data.

In general, use the following table to guide your fish consumption choices:

2 meals per week
Yellow perch, sunfish (e.g., bluegill, green, longear, redear)*
 1 meal per week
All fish not specified in this table
 1 meal per month
Flathead catfish 23" and over, northern pike 23" and over, steelhead trout from Lake Erie and its tributaries
 Do not eat
See the Do Not Eat Tab below.

*Consumption of these species should be limited to one meal per week from: Ashtabula River, Cuyahoga River, Mahoning River, Nesmith Lake, Ohio Canal, Ohio River, and West Branch Reservoir; and as otherwise indicated in the "Limit Your Meals From These Waters" tab.

Fish for your Health
Ohio EPA's Sport Fish Consumption Advisory helps you choose which, and how much, fish to eat.


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).