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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Division of Water Pollution Control issues advisories for the consumption of fish from certain Tennessee waters. The following information is subject to change and was copied from TDEC’s site. Concerned individuals should visit TDEC’s site for more information about these advisories, bacteriological advisories, and tips on how to reduce risks from contaminated fish.

For specific information regarding aquatic contaminants or affected waters, contact:

TDEC’s Water Pollution Control Office

(615) 532-0699

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/water/planning-and-standards/wr_wq_fish-advisories.pdf

Fish Tissue Advisories (This list is subject to revision.)

Waterbody

County

Portion

Pollutant

Comments

West Tennessee

Beech Reservoir Henderson Entirety (877 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
Big Sandy River and Embayment Henry, Benton, Carroll, and Henderson From embayment at mouth on
Kentucky Reservoir to headwaters. (Miles 0.0 to 59.0)
Mercury Precautionary advisory for all bass species.*
Cypress Creek Shelby Entirety (7.7 miles) Chlordane, Other Pesticides, PCBs Do not eat the fish.
Loosahatchie River Shelby Hwy 14, Austin Peay Highway
(Mile 0.0 – 17.0)
Chlordane, other Organics, Mercury Do not eat the fish.
McKellar Lake Shelby Entirety (13 miles) Chlordane, other Organics, Mercury Do not eat the fish.
Mississippi River Shelby MS state line to just downstream of
Meeman-Shelby State Park (31 miles)
Chlordane, other Organics, Mercury Do not eat the fish. Commercial fishing prohibited by TWRA.
Nonconnah Creek Shelby From mouth to Kansas Street
(Mile 0.0 – 1.8)
Chlordane, other Organics Do not eat the fish. Advisory ends at Horn Lake Road bridge.
North Fork Forked Deer River Dyer, Gibson From mouth of the Middle Fork Forked Deer River (Mile 17.6) upstream to State Highway 188 (Mile 23.6) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
Springville Bottom (West Sandy Creek dewatering area) Henry Impounded area upstream of West Sandy Dike (36,850 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for
all bass and crappie.*
Wolf River Shelby From mouth to Germantown Road (Mile 0.0 – 18.9) Chlordane, other Organics, Mercury Do not eat the fish.

Middle Tennessee

Beech Creek Wayne From mouth to origin (Mile 16.7) including Tennessee River Embayment Mercury Do not eat the fish.

Avoid contact with sediment between Leatherwood Branch and Smith Branch.

Buffalo River Humphreys, Perry From mouth upstream to Highway 438 (Mile 31.6) Mercury Precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass.*
Duck River Humphreys, Hickman From mouth of Buffalo River (Mile 15.8) upstream to Interstate 40 (Mile 31.8) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass.*
East Fork Stones River Rutherford From confluence with West Fork Stones River on J. Percy Priest Reservoir extending upstream to Betty Ford Road near Lascassas (15.4 miles) Mercury Precautionary advisory for all bass species.
Normandy Reservoir Bedford, Coffee Entirety (3,260 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted).*
Woods Reservoir Franklin Entirety (3,908 acres) PCBs Catfish should not be eaten.

East Tennessee

Abrams Creek Blount From mouth on Chilhowee Reservoir upstream to Abrams Falls (14.6 miles) within Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mercury Precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass*
Boone Reservoir Sullivan,
Washington
Entirety (4,400 acres) PCBs, Chlordane Precautionary advisory for carp and catfish.*
Chattanooga Creek Hamilton From mouth to GA State line (11.9 miles) PCBs, Chlordane Fish should not be eaten.
Cherokee Reservoir Granger, Hamble, Hawkins, Jefferson Entirety (28,780 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) and catfish.*
Daddy’s Creek Cumberland, Morgan From the mouth at the Obed River upstream to Interstate 40, near mile 20 Mercury Precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass.*
East Fork of Poplar Creek including Poplar Creek embayment and Bear Creek Anderson, Roane East Fork of Poplar Creek from mouth to New Hope Pond (Mile 15.0)

Bear Creek from mouth to Hwy 95 (Mile 2.8)

Mercury, PCBs Fish should not be eaten.
Emory River Roane,
Morgan
From Hwy 27 near Harriman (Mile 12.4) upstream to Camp Austin Road Bridge (Mile 28.4) Mercury Precautionary advisory for all fish.*
Fort Loudoun Reservoir Loudon, Blount Entirety (14,600 acres) PCBs

Mercury (upper portion only)

Commercial fishing for catfish prohibited by TWRA. No catfish or largemouth bass over two pounds should be eaten. Do not eat largemouth bass from the Little River embayment. Due to mercury, precautionary advisory for any sized largemouth bass from Highway 129 to the confluence of Holston and French Broad rivers (534 acres).*
French Broad River Cocke From Rankin Bridge (Mile 71.4) to Hwy 321 near Newport (Mile 77.5) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
Parksville Resrvoir (Oocee #1) Polk Entirety (1,907 acres) PCBs Precautionary advisory for catfish.*
Pigeon River Cocke From mouth upstream to Vinson Island at Interstate 40 crossing (mile 12.4) Mercury Precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass and channel catfish.*
Nolichucky River Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Unicoi, Washington Entire length in Tennessee from Douglas Reservoir to North Carolina state line (99.21 miles). Mercury Precautionary advisory the entire length within Tennessee for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted). Precautionary advisory for channel catfish in the lower portion from Douglas Reservoir to the mouth of Bent Creek at river mile 14.9.*
Hiwassee River Meigs,
McMinn, Bradley
From Hwy 58 (Mile 7.4) upstream to the railroad bridge just upstream of U.S. Hwy 11 (Mile 18.9) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
Holston River Sullivan, Hawkins From the mouth of Poor Valley Creek embayment (Mile 89.0) upstream to confluence of the North and South Forks of the Holston near Kingsport (Mile 142.3) Mercury Precautionary advisory for all fish.*
Little River Blount U.S. Hwy 129 bridge near Maryville (mile 2.6) to “the sinks” near river mile 41.5 Mercury Precautionary advisory for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted).*
Melton Hill Reservoir Knox, Anderson Entirety (5,690 acres) PCBs Catfish should not be eaten.
Nickjack Reservoir Hamilton, Marion Entirety (10,370 acres) PCBs Precautionary advisory for catfish.*
Norris Reservoir Campbell, Anderson, Union, Claiborne, Grainger Clinch River portion (Powell River embayment not included in advisory) (15,213 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, and sauger.*
North Fork Holston River Sullivan, Hawkins VA Stateline (Mile 0.0 – 6.2) Mercury Do not eat the fish. Advisory goes to TN/VA line.
Sequatchie River Marion From the Tennessee River (Mile 0.0) upstream to State Highway 283 near Whitwell (Mile 22.1) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
South Holston Reservoir Sullivan Portion within Tennessee (7,206 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass.*
Tellico Reservoir Loudon, Monroe Entirety (16,500 acres) PCBs, Mercury Precautionary advisory for catfish.*
Watauga Reservoir Carter,
Johnson
Entirety (6,427 acres) Mercury Precautionary advisory for largemouth bass and channel catfish.*
Watts Bar Reservoir Roane, Meigs, Rhea, Loudon Tennessee River portion (38,000 acres) PCBs Catfish, striped bass, and hybrid (striped bass-white bass) should not be eaten. Precautionary advisory for white bass, sauger, carp, smallmouth buffalo, and largemouth bass.*
Watts Bar Reservoir Roane,
Anderson
Clinch River Arm (1,000 acres) PCBs Striped bass should not be eaten. Precautionary advisory for catfish and sauger.*