Mercury in Wister
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Posted on Friday Feb 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM  
I got out to Lake Wister around spring break last year and had a great time. This year I have a cabin booked for a week and am excited. Last year the crappie bite was awesome and they average size was pretty big for me at least especially compared to Lake Carl Blackwell close to where I live.
Well I came across the mercury in fish report, and it looks like is says there is a no consumption advisory for white crappie in Wister. I got to looking for details and found a study done in 2009 that had mercury levels but the ones found in the crappie were lower than the guidelines for not eating it. I was hoping to come home with a few bags of fillets, is that a good idea? I don't expect any children or pregnant women to be eating any of it. Could I enjoy some tasty crappie fillets once or twice a month without doing my self any damage? Are there any more or newer mercury studies for our state?
Posted on Monday Feb 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM  
Once or twice a month is fine even with a mercury advisory. The biggest issue is kids or pregnant women being exposed to high levels of mercury in meat. You should be fine so long as you limit meals of your Wister crappie to once a week or less.
Posted on Monday Feb 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM  
Thanks Kurt, that is the news I wanted. It was good meeting you and a lot of the notebookers at FishFest. I am new to the site and am loving commentary on Oklahoma fishing from fishermen kinda like me. There's a lot of good stuff on here and I am happy to find the notebook. Having an expert around to ask questions to makes it ever better, your help is appreciated and I have enjoyed reading through your section on here.