Fish Consumption Advisory

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Lake Wylie

Affected River Basins

Catawba

Affected Counties

Gaston and Mecklenburg

Fish to avoid:

Blue Catfish

Blue Catfish

Bowfin (Blackfish)

Bowfin (Blackfish)

Brown Bullhead

Bullhead Catfishes

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Chain Pickerel (Jackfish)

Chain Pickerel (Jackfish)

Flathead Catfish

Flathead Catfish

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Warmouth

Warmouth

White catfish

White Catfish

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Generally, choose these fish from the central part of the state:

Black Crappie

Black Crappie

White Crappie

White Crappie

Bluegill Sunfish (Brim)

Bluegill Sunfish (Brim)

Redbreast Sunfish (Brim)

Redbreast Sunfish (Brim)

Redear Sunfish (Brim)

Redear Sunfish (Brim)

White Bass

White Bass

White Perch

White Perch

Pollutants

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Mercury

Advisory

Date issued: December 23, 2011

Elevated levels of PCBs have been found in largemouth bass in Lake Wylie. In addition, previous studies have shown that largemouth bass in all waters of North Carolina have elevated levels of mercury. Pregnant women, nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and children under age 15 should not eat any largemouth bass. To guard against mercury and PCB exposure, other people should not eat more than two meals a month of largemouth bass from this lake. A meal of fish is approximately six (6) ounces of uncooked fish.

In addition to the site-specific fish consumption advisories listed above, there is a statewide advisory for the consumption of fish high in mercury, including Largemouth Bass.