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Oklahoma lakes you shouldn't eat too much fish from because of mercury

Carrie Coppernoll Published: June 6, 2013

The state Department of Environmental Quality issued a notice today that 32 state lakes have enough mercury that people shouldn’t eat an unlimited amount of fish from those lakes.

  • Atoka Lake
  • Boomer Lake
  • Broken Bow Reservoir
  • Canton Lake
  • Carlton Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Clayton Lake
  • Coalgate City Lake
  • Draper Lake
  • Dripping Springs Lake
  • Elmer Thomas Lake
  • Ft. Supply Reservoir
  • Hugo Lake
  • Kaw Reservoir
  • Lake Carl Albert
  • Lake Carl Blackwell
  • Lake Eufaula
  • Lake Heyburn
  • Lake Nanih Waiya
  • Lake Ozzie Cobb
  • Lake Talawanda #2
  • Lake Wayne Wallace
  • Lloyd Church Lake
  • McAlester City Lake
  • McGee Creek Reservoir
  • Pine Creek Reservoir
  • Quanah Parker Lake
  • Rush Lake
  • Sardis Lake
  • Schooler Lake
  • Skiatook Lake
  • Wister Lake

Keep in mind: this mercury stuff doesn’t affect how safe the water is to drink and swim in. But DEQ says this about eating wild fish from Oklahoma lakes in general:

DEQ’s general guidance recommends that the sensitive population (women of child bearing age and children up to the age of 15) should eat no more than one meal per week of predator fish, which includes largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, white, striped, or hybrid bass, walleye, saugeye, and flathead catfish. In an effort to reduce exposure to mercury, everyone should eat smaller fish and eat a variety of fish.