MONTICELLO (AGFC) – The Arkansas Department of Health has lifted a fish mercury advisory for all largemouth bass, blue catfish and flathead catfish consumed from Lake Monticello. The advisory had been in place since 1998.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkansas Department of Health have collected, sampled and analyzed largemouth bass samples from Lake Monticello. ADH has determined that largemouth bass, blue catfish and flathead catfish from Lake Monticello no longer contain mercury concentrations above levels of public health concern. Consumption of largemouth bass, blue catfish and flathead catfish caught in Lake Monticello is considered safe.
In the future, the lake will be sampled periodically to make sure that the mercury levels are still within acceptable limits.