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Fish Advisory
Fish Consumption Advisories

Lake Hartwell

(PCB Advisory)
Information on cooking and cleaning fish to reduce PCBs


12 Mile Creek - All Species of Fish


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 for Lake Hartwell (Tugaloo Arm)

For more information on GA fish advisories,  call the GA Department of Natural Resources at (706) 369-6376


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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Cleaning and Cooking Fish to Reduce PCBs

You can reduce your exposure the PCBs by the way you prepare the fish.  PCBs are found in the fatty part of fish.  By cleaning or cooking fish to reduce fat, you can also reduce the amount of contaminants you eat.

  • Remove the head and all the guts.
  • Remove the skin and trim all fat from the areas shown in the picture.
  • Don't panfry or deep fry. Broil, bake, poach or coil your fish so that the fatty juices drip away.
  • Don't eat or use any of the cooking liquids.

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