According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, children under 15 and pre-menopausal women should not eat walleye larger than 18 inches in size. A previous advisory recommended this population group eat no more than one meal a month from walleye larger than 22 inches.
Hayes may be typical of people in the region when it comes to knowledge of fish advisories. dioxin-hatA few years ago, Hayes was part of a committee that created a popular unofficial walleye festival hat with the embroidered statement "Dioxins My Ass." But he may also be partly responsible for some people not knowing about the risks of eating walleye.