Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

Fish Consumption Advisories

Last updated - August 8, 2012

Derived from : http://www.tn.gov/environment/wpc/publications/pdf/advisories.pdf

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) Division of Water Pollution Control issues advisories for the consumption of fish from certain Tennessee waters. The following information is subject to change and was copied from TDEC's website. Concerned individuals should visit TDEC's site for more information about these advisories, bacteriological advisories, and tips on how to reduce risks from contaminated fish.

Contact TDEC's Water Pollution Control office at (615) 532-0625 for specific information regarding aquatic contaminants or affected waters.

 

Waterway
County
Portion
Pollutant
Comments
 
Beech
Reservoir
Henderson Entirety Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
         

Cypress
Creek

Shelby Entirety Chlordane,
other Pesticides, 
PCBs.
Do not eat any fish.

 

       
Loosahatchie
River
Shelby Mile 0.0 - 17.0

Chlordane,
other Organics,
Mercury     

Do not eat any fish.
         
McKellar Lake Shelby Entirety Chlordane,
other Organics,
Mercury
Do not eat any fish.
         
Mississippi
River
Shelby MS stateline
to just downstream of
Meeman-Shelby State Park  
Chlordane,
other Organics,  
Mercury
Do not eat any fish, commercial fishing prohibited by TWRA.
         
North Fork
Forked Deer
River
Dyer,
Gibson
Mouth of Middle Fork Forked
Deer River to State Hwy 188 
Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
         
Nonconnah
Creek
Shelby Mouth to Kansas Street Chlordane,
other Organics
Do not eat any fish, advisory ends at Horn Lake Road Bridge.
         
Wolf River Shelby Mouth to Germantown Rd. Chlordane,
other Organics,
Mercury
Do not eat any fish.
         
Beech Creek Wayne Mouth to Origin Mercury Do not eat any fish. Avoid contact with sediment.
         
Buffalo River Humphreys,  
Perry
Mouth upstream to
Hwy 438
Mercury Precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass.*
         
Duck River Humphreys,
Hickman
Mouth of Buffalo River
to Interstate 40
Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass.*
         
Woods
Reservoir
Franklin Entirety PCBs Catfish should not be eaten.
         
Boone
Reservoir
Sullivan,
Washinton
Entirety PCBs,
Chlordane
Precautionary advisory for carp and catfish.*
         
Chattanooga
Creek
Hamilton Mouth to GA stateline PCBs,
Chlordane
Do not eat any fish, also avoid contact with water.
         
East Fork of
Poplar Creek
and Poplar
Creek
Embayment
Anderson,
Roane
Mouth to New Hope Pond   Mercury,
PCBs
Do not eat any fish, also avoid contact with water.
         
Emory River Roane,
Morgan
Highway 27 upstream
to Camp Austin Road
Bridge
Mercury Precautionary advisory for all fish.*
         
Fort Loudoun     
Reservoir
Loudon,
Knox,
Blount
Entirety

PCBs

Mercury (upper
portion only)

Commercial fishing for catfish prohibited by TWRA. No catfish or largemouth bass over two pounds should be eaten. Do not eat largemouth bass from the Little River embayment. Due to mercury, precautionary advisory for any sized largemouth bass from Highway 129 to the confluence of Holston and French Broad Rivers. *
         
French Broad
River
Cocke Rankin Bridge to Hwy 321
near Newport
Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
         
Hiwassee River Meigs,
McMinn,
Bradley
Highway 58 upstream
to railroad bridge
upsteam of Highway
11
Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
         
Holston River Sullivan,
Hawkins
Mouth of Poor Valley
Creek Embaymant
upstream to confluence
of the North and South
Forks of the Holston
Mercury Precautionary advisory for all fish.*
         
Melton Hill
Reservoir
Knox,
Anderson
Entirety PCBs Catfish should not be eaten.
         
Nickajack
Reservoir
Hamilton,
Marion
Entirety PCBs Precautionary advisory for catfish.*
         
Norris
Reservoir
Campbell,
Anderson,
Union,
Claiborne,
Grainger
Clinch River portion
(Powell River embayment
not included)
Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, and sauger.*
         
North Fork
Holston River
Sullivan,
Hawkins
Mile 0.0 - 6.2 Mercury Do not eat any fish. Advisory goes to TN/VA stateline.
         
Sequatchie
River
Marion TN River upstream to
Hwy 283 near Whitewell
Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
         
South Holston
Reservoir
Sullivan Portion in TN Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
         
Tellico
Reservoir
Loudon,
Monroe
Entirety PCBs,
Mercury
Catfish should not be eaten.
         
Watauga
Reservoir
Carter,
Johnson
Entirety Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass and channel catfish.*
         
Watts Bar
Reservoir
Roane,
Meigs,
Rhea,
Loudon   
TN River portion PCBs Catfish, striped bass, and hybrid striped bass should not be eaten. Precautionary advisory for white bass, sauger, carp, smallmouth buffalo, and largemouth bass.*
         
Watts Bar
Reservoir
Roane,
Anderson
Clinch
River Arm
PCBs Striped bass should not be eaten, precautionary advisory for catfish and sauger.*

 

*Precautionary Advisory - Children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers should not consume the fish species named. All other persons should limit consumption of the named species to one meal per month.

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