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If fish taste bad, are they contaminated?

The taste of fish depends upon the species, what they have eaten, how they have been cared for after being caught and how they have been prepared.

Taste is an individual preference and is in no way an indicator of contamination. Off flavor can be caused by algae in the water, but is rarely toxic. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) monitors water quality throughout the State and along with KDWP makes fish consumption recommendations. For more information about consumption advisories, click on the following link: Are my fish safe to eat?  or contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (785) 296-5571.