Big Lake Fish Report for 12-26-2022
ADEQ issues “Green Light” fishery designation for cutthroat and rainbow trout caught from Big Lake
Big Lake - Springerville, AZ (Apache County)
by Arizona Game & Fish Department
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), has issued a “Green Light” fishery notice for cutthroat and rainbow trout caught from Big Lake, meaning these species can be consumed without limits per standard dietary guidelines. This notice is based on recent analyses of fish tissue data.
ADEQ tests filets of sampled fish for mercury and other pollutants of concern to recommend healthy amounts of fish species to catch and eat. ADEQ works in collaboration with AZGFD to collect fish from popular Arizona streams and lakes for testing.
- Fish that have been tested and found to be low in pollutants of concern, like mercury, are designated Green Light Fisheries and may be consumed without limits per standard dietary guidelines.
- When tests show a fish species has a contaminant level higher than a health standard, ADEQ issues a Fish Consumption Advisory that identifies the contaminant of concern and provides guidance for which fish to eat and how much. See more information under "Resources" below.
There are currently no consumption advisories for Big Lake or for trout caught from other Arizona waters.
Fish are an excellent source of protein and can be an important part of a healthy, diverse diet as they are low in saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends people eat at least two fish or seafood meals every week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list trout as being among the “best choices” for fish consumption. The public health recommendations in this Green Light Fishery notice are based on frequent and long-term consumption of fish.
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Arizona Game & Fish Department Reportsfor Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022
Cataract Lake: This is a good time of year to target brown trout
City Reservoir: Access to the lake is open
Dogtown Lake: he lake is full and the water clarity is good
Santa Fe Lake: Water clarity is decent and the lake is close to full
Upper & Lower Lake Mary: Upper Lake Mary Fishing Report
Ashurst Lake: Small lures are working well when fished slowly from shore or trolled from a boat
Francis Short Pond: Difficult to say when conditions will be appropriate to stock Frances Short again
Kinnikinick Lake: Road access to the lake is open
Bartlett Lake: Bartlett Lake Fishing Report
Roosevelt Lake: Fishing is rated as good
Lake Pleasant: Some reports of success with largemouth bass
Oak Creek: Oak Creek Fishing Report
West Clear Creek: Access to the creek is open
Goldwater Lake: Goldwater Lake Report
Blue Ridge Reservoir: Blue Ridge Reservoir Report
Knoll Lake: Knoll Lake Fishing Report
Lake Mohave: Fishing should be picking up as the water levels return to normal levels
Alamo Lake: The morning bass bite has been great
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