Don’t overdo on smallmouth bass caught in Willow Springs Lake or you could take in more mercury than is safe, according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD). Game and Fish issued the fish consumption advisory this week after bass at the lake atop the Rim tested positive for elevated levels of mercury.
ADEQ recommends that adults limit consumption of largemouth bass to 2.5 ounces (uncooked weight) per week and children 12 years of age and younger limit consumption to two ounces per month (uncooked weight). Willow Springs Lake is home to a variety of fish and during the spring and summer, the AGFD stocks the lake with rainbow trout that can be eaten in unlimited amounts, since they don’t live in the lake year-round and consume smaller fish, crayfish and other animals that may have accumulated higher levels of mercury — and passed it up along the food chain.
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