Eating Fish from Michigan's Lakes & Rivers
Michigan has over 11,000 lakes, streams, and rivers. Unfortunately, some of those water bodies have been polluted with chemicals including PCBs, dioxins, and mercury. Check out the links below to learn more about eating safe fish.
- Eat Safe Fish packet download
A quick way to save all the information listed below, including the Eat Safe Fish brochure and links to the ESF Guides!
- Eat Safe Fish in Michigan brochure
A basic overview...Find out if you're at risk!
- Eat Safe Fish Guide
The Eat Safe Fish Guide lists the fish that have been tested and how much is safe to eat.
- Statewide Safe Fish Guidelines
Use the Statewide Guidelines if you can't find a lake or river in the Eat Safe Fish Guide.
- 3Cs & S.A.F.E.
Learn easy ways to choose safer fish.
- How do chemicals end up in fish?
Learn how chemicals build up in the food chain.
- How might these chemicals affect me?
See page 2 of the Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more about the chemicals found in some Michigan fish.
- How does MDCH create the Eat Safe Fish Guide?
Learn how MDCH tests fish and uses the results to create the Eat Safe Fish Guide.
- Learn to Fish!
Learn how to fish from the Michigan DNR.
- Quick Start to Safer Fish
The Quick Start to Safer Fish helps you quickly identify Michigan fish and, generally, how safe those fish are to eat.
If you eat fish regularly, use the Eat Safe Fish Guide to find the guidelines for your fish, lake or river.
Find Your Area
Other Quick Links
- Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them
- Free Fishing Weekends
- Eating Fish with VHS (Viral hemorrhagic septicemia)
Looking for more information?
Or call 1-800-648-6942 to request Eat Safe Fish materials.