Originally Posted by doughboy
Great catfishing at every camp. We eat them every year. Cant be as bad for you as processed food or diet drinks.
True if you eat the small ones and limit that to once a trip. You should also thoroughly discard all skin and fatty tissue from the fish.
Don't eat the big ones. Don't eat them often. The chemicals in the water in this region are horrible for your health if consumed in high enough quantities (bio-accumulation = worse in bigger fish) and eaten enough. Most of the pollutants of concern are much worse then processed food and soda to be honest, at small and large levels. Much worse. We don't see warnings about pregnant women eating potato chips but we do for eating fish with mercury, which is most of our rivers and lakes now.
And the E.coli content is notoriously high from agricultural run off. Total bacterial load is even worse (in the "too numerous to count" category from the accepted testing methods used) once it leaves the Farmington region.
And this doesn't include the ongoing concern of industrial input, especially from coal, in the Farmington area. The issue of coal ash is a major and ongoing controversy along the pertinent sections of the San Juan.
Just a thought from the quantifiable science coming the region.