SULPHUR — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental has updated its list of lakes with consumption advisories for mercury, which includes Lake of the Arbuckles.  
The consumption advisories stem from testing by DEQ working the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  
“Specific to Arbuckle Lake for the general population, there are no fish consumption restrictions,” the Chickasaw National Recreation Area said in a release.
However, CNRA spokesperson Ron Parker said sensitive populations of women of child-bearing age, pregnant or nursing mothers, and children up to the age of 15 should consume no more than 2 meals per month of white bass 14 inches and over caught from the lake. There are no restrictions for white bass under 14 inches.    
Lake of the Arbuckles is one of 40 Oklahoma lakes that are under fish consumption advisories for mercury.  
Parker said visitors should note that the following fish were sampled from Arbuckle Lake and found to be safe for consumption: black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.  
Levels of mercury in a lake do not affect the lake’s safety as a source of drinking water or for lake recreation such as swimming and boating. Visitors are urged to enjoy fishing at the lake while following the suggested guidelines for fish consumption.
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