Fishing is a popular activity in the lakes bordering Mecklenburg County. In most cases, fish caught in nearby lakes are safe to eat.
||State health officials from the two Carolinas sample fish tissue and, when necessary, issue advisories about eating fish.|
The advisories tell people to either limit how much of a certain type of fish they eat or tell them to avoid eating certain types of fish.
In some cases, advisories are stronger for children or for women of child-bearing age.
See current fish consumption advisories affecting Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
On April 9, 2013, the above fish consumption advisory information was updated. The State of North Carolina issued an advisory for striped bass caught in Lake Norman. Fish tissue samples show elevated levels of PCBs in that type of bass in Lake Norman. Mountain Island Lake
Also on April 9, 2013, the State of North Carolina issued an updated fish consumption advisory for Mountain Island Lake. Blue catfish from that lake are now on the State's advisory list, along with channel catfish and largemouth bass, due to elevated levels of PCBs. Read the 2011 State of NC news release
about fish in Mountain Island Lake.Lake Wylie
On Dec. 22, 2011, the State of North Carolina issued an additional advisory for largemouth bass caught in Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties. Fish tissue samples show elevated levels of PCBs in largemouth bass caught in Lake Wylie. Earlier tests in Lake Wylie also showed high levels of Mercury in largemouth bass. Read the 2011 State of NC news release
about fish in Lake Wylie.