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Old 01-11-2009, 12:36 PM
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Default Keeping fish from Lake Hartwell

Can somebody give me info regarding whether or not it is safe to keep and eat fish from Lake Hartwel?

Growing up near Lake Hartwell, it's always been my understanding that the lake is polluted and it's not safe to eat fish from Hartwell. I'm just getting into fishing in the lake in the past year or so, and now I'm curious.

What's the deal?
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:49 PM
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Default RE: Keeping fish from Lake Hartwell

I do mostly catch and release but we do keep some from time to time to eat, I love to catch and eat stripers.

I have read and been told that you would have to eat several pounds of fish each week and every week for at least 1 solid year to get any trace of the PCB's in your system.

I think most fisherman realize the warnings but I know a lot of people that really do not think anything of it.


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Old 01-11-2009, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: Keeping fish from Lake Hartwell

Found this on the SC DHEC site.

http://www.scdhec.net/environment/wa...s/hartwell.htm

DO NOT EAT ANY
12 Mile Creek - All Species of Fish

DO NOT EAT ANY
Seneca River Arm - All Species of Fish

DO NOT EAT ANY in All Remaining Waters
Hybrid Bass/Striped Bass

One meal per month
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass


State of Georgia Advisory

DO NOT EAT ANY
Hybrid Bass/Striped Bass over 16 inches

One meal per month
Channel Catfish over 16 inches
Hybrid/Striped Bass 12-16 inches
Largemouth Bass over 16 inches

One meal per week
Largemouth Bass less than 16 inches
No Restrictions
Black Crappie
Hybrid/Striped Bass less than 12 inches
Channel Catfish less than 16 inches

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