Fish Consumption Advisory

Yadkin-Pee Dee River System2017-07-06T14:14:33+00:00

Yadkin-Pee Dee River System

Affected Counties

Davidson, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly

Affected Sites

  • Badin Lake
  • Falls Reservoir
  • High Rock Lake
  • Lake Tillery

Fish to avoid:

Blue Catfish

Blue Catfish

Bowfin (Blackfish)

Bowfin (Blackfish)

Brown Bullhead

Bullhead Catfishes

Chain Pickerel (Jackfish)

Chain Pickerel (Jackfish)

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

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

Advisories for Affected Sites

Badin Lake

Date issued: February 11, 2009
Affected counties: Montgomery, Stanly
Advisory: Elevated levels of chemicals called PCBs, along with mercury, may be found in catfish and largemouth bass in these waters. Pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, and children under 15 should avoid eating catfish and largemouth bass from this lake due to high levels of mercury as well as PCBs. Other people should eat no more than one meal per week of catfish and largemouth bass from this lake. A meal of fish is approximately six (6) ounces of uncooked fish.

Falls Reservoir

Date issued: March 13, 2013
Affected counties: Montgomery, Stanly
Advisory: Levels of chemicals called PCBs were found above the state action level (0.05 mg/kg) in catfish species larger than 18 inches (450 mm) in Falls Reservoir. Prior studies of catfish in the state’s lakes and rivers have identified elevated levels of mercury south and east of U.S. Highway I-85. The recommended number of meals for catfish as a result of the mercury advisory is also protective of potential health effects associated with eating catfish contaminated with PCBs in this lake. The recommended mercury advisory for catfish in this area is: Pregnant women, nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and children under age 15 should not eat any catfish from this lake. Other people should not eat more than one meal a week. A meal of fish is approximately six (6) ounces of uncooked fish.

High Rock Lake

Date issued: March 13, 2013
Affected counties: Davidson, Rowan
Advisory: Levels of chemicals called PCBs were found above the state action level (0.05 mg/kg) in catfish species larger than 18 inches (450 mm) in High Rock Lake. Prior studies of catfish in the state’s lakes and rivers have identified elevated levels of mercury south and east of U.S. Highway I-85. The recommended number of meals for catfish as a result of the mercury advisory is also protective of potential health effects associated with eating catfish contaminated with PCBs in this lake. The recommended mercury advisory for catfish in this area is: Pregnant women, nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and children under age 15 should not eat any catfish from this lake. Other people should not eat more than one meal a week. A meal of fish is approximately six (6) ounces of uncooked fish.

Lake Tillery

Date issued: March 13, 2013
Affected counties: Montgomery, Stanly
Advisory: Levels of chemicals called PCBs were found above the state action level (0.05 mg/kg) in catfish species larger than 18 inches (450 mm) in Lake Tillery. Prior studies of catfish in the state’s lakes and rivers have identified elevated levels of mercury south and east of U.S. Highway I-85. The recommended number of meals for catfish as a result of the mercury advisory is also protective of potential health effects associated with eating catfish contaminated with PCBs in this lake. The recommended mercury advisory for catfish in this area is: Pregnant women, nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and children under age 15 should not eat any catfish from this lake. Other people should not eat more than one meal a week. 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.