Does anyone know what the best lake(s) is in North Carolina to catch and eat Largemouth Bass? In doing some research I found out that there is a statewide advisory for bass consumption due to high levels of mercury contamination in certain lakes (eg, Lake CrabTree)???
Any Lakes In North Carolina To Catch And Eat Bass?
Posted April 06 2013 - 09:46 AM
Interesting first post
Posted April 06 2013 - 10:14 AM
Agree with Slone, "interesting first post"......
Posted April 06 2013 - 10:39 AM
Thanks for responding and the info. I am new to the NC area and have never caught a Largemouth before. I am also a fisherman that wants to eat what I catch, lol! Anyway I'm planning to take my family fishing for some largemouths here shortly now that the weather is beginning to break, but I heard from a local to be careful, because some of the lakes are contaminated with high levels of mercury, one in particular, Lake Crabb Tree. So I need some helpfull advise...
Posted April 06 2013 - 10:45 AM
Hey, buddy, trust the Gorton's Fisherman! Welcome to the board.
Posted April 06 2013 - 01:18 PM
I think the local was trying to persuade you into not eating the bass. By and large, bass fisherman release what they catch. Which is why bass are plentiful and don't need regular stocking. I'm sure most of the people who post here release most if not all of their bass. If I could make a suggestion, if you want a meal for the family, try fishing for crappies or bluegill, they taste better than bass.
Posted April 06 2013 - 04:06 PM
Posted April 06 2013 - 05:07 PM
I suggest eating catfish or bream they taste way better and Iv heard High Rock Lake has semi high mecury levels
Posted April 06 2013 - 05:08 PM
CPR. Catch, Photograph, Release.
Posted April 06 2013 - 08:29 PM
NC is a big state. Hard to recommend any particular lake since you didn't mention what area you are in. Crappie are my favorite to eat, and I release the bass.
Posted April 06 2013 - 10:45 PM
Posted April 07 2013 - 04:03 PM
I release pretty much everything I catch. while I'm aware that there are some lakes with those types of warnings, by and large, most lakes in NC would supply safe fish for the table. I know that Crappie are good to eat and a few of my friends encourage me to keep spots when caught although I haven't caught any yet.
Some salt and pepper cat fish sure sounds good!!
Posted April 07 2013 - 07:29 PM
Yeah, I've heard the same thing regarding Lake Crabtree. I wouldn't eat anything out of there if I were you. High mercury levels is what I have heard.
Usually, the durham/raleigh/chapel hill area has some nice ponds and lakes you can go to where they allow you to catch and keep fish.
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