Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

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Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

Time will tell how mercury affects aquatic life
Clayton Morris, 8, of Redmesa, tries to reel in a rainbow trout during the “First to Fish” kids-only fishing event March 31 at Lake Nighthorse. Health experts say fish in Lake Nighthorse are safe to eat.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file

Because fish in Lake Nighthorse are stocked, biologist don’t believe fish there will bioaccumulate mercury like they do in other reservoirs around Southwest Colorado.

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

Clayton Morris, 8, of Redmesa, tries to reel in a rainbow trout during the “First to Fish” kids-only fishing event March 31 at Lake Nighthorse. Health experts say fish in Lake Nighthorse are safe to eat.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file

Because fish in Lake Nighthorse are stocked, biologist don’t believe fish there will bioaccumulate mercury like they do in other reservoirs around Southwest Colorado.

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

The shoreline around the boat ramp at Lake Nighthorse was full of anglers during the “First to Fish” kids-only fishing event. While traces of mercury have been found in fish in Lake Nighthorse, levels are not high enough to require a consumption advisory, as there are at other reservoirs in Southwest Colorado.

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

Canoes, kayaks and inflatable boats were being used during the “First to Fish” kids-only fishing event at Lake Nighthorse. Fish in Lake Nighthorse are tested for mercury, but so far, levels have not exceeded the threshold that would require consumption advisories.

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

Damien Davin of Redmesa holds one a rainbow trout caught during the “First to Fish” kids-only fishing event at Lake Nighthorse. Damien is the son of Robert and Sasha Davin. Fish are unable to reproduce in Lake Nighthorse’s water, so they must be stocked on a yearly basis.
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