CHARLOTTE – Mountain Island Lake was stocked Wednesday with about 16,000 striped bass.
"Striped bass don't reproduce in reservoirs so we have to stock them annually to keep the population going," said Lawrence Dorsey, a biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The fish are put in the lake once a year, and as of now, they are not on the lake's do-not-consume list.
Mountain Island Lake currently prohibits catfish from consumption because of PCB levels, while large-mouth bass are only to be consumed in limited quantities because of elevated mercury levels.
"Our consumption advisories, some of them are statewide, so they apply to all the lakes. But for the most part we have quite a bit more fish that are available to eat and don't have consumption advisories than those that do have consumption advisories," Dorsey said.
If you're not a fisherman and are concerned whether it's safe to venture into Mountain Island Lake, don't worry, the state's advisory says swimming, boating and handling fish do not present a known health risk.