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Fish Consumption Information Issued for Pymatuning Reservoir and Tamarack Lake
January 10, 2011
Harrisburg, PA – State officials have announced that there are currently no new fish consumption advisories for Crawford County’s Pymatuning Reservoir or Tamarack Lake for 2011.

The fish in Pymatuning Reservoir are safe to eat when consumed according to the recommended statewide advisory of one meal per week. Tamarack Lake continues under an advisory of one meal per month for muskellunge and two meals per month for walleye due to mercury contamination.

In the spring of 2010, large numbers of dead fish appeared in Pymatuning Reservoir and Tamarack Lake. The final cause of the kills was determined to be rapidly rising water temperatures, which stressed local fish populations.

Before the cause was found, temporary “Do Not Eat” advisories were issued for fish caught in Pymatuning and Tamarack. Those advisories were lifted last June.

Advisories are developed through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the state departments of Environmental Protection, Health, and Agriculture.

More information on fish consumption advisories and the most current advisories are available online at, Keyword: “Fish Advisories” and

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at

Eric Levis, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Holli Senior, Department of Health

Freda Tarbell, Department of Environmental Protection

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