Chris Schultz

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By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn.

May 11, 1998

Rumors of Lake Ann fish warning unconfirmed

There's been a rumor on the local fishing line lately regarding Lake Ann.

Rumor has it that a month or so ago, a sign was posted at the access of Lake Ann that said fish from the lake were not safe to eat and should not be eaten.

When I first heard the rumor, I went to the access on Lake Ann and found no such sign. I have made calls to the DNR and other agencies and have not been able to confirm any such sign or any significant problems with the consumption of fish from Lake Ann.

Lake Ann (in Wright County, three miles south of Howard Lake) is listed in the 1998 Minnesota Fish Consumption Advisory Booklet put out by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The booklet states that walleyes 15 to 25 inches in size and black crappies in Lake Ann do contain very small levels of mercury. Women of child-bearing age and young children should only consume one meal per week of crappie from the lake and only one meal per month of walleye.

Other persons, it is suggested, may eat an unlimited amount of crappie from the lake and one meal per week of walleye.

It is also noted in the book that this advice is for annual consumption.

Mercury in fish from Lake Ann, even in very small levels, may seem severe. But it is not uncommon when compared to many lakes across Minnesota.

Hundreds of lakes are listed in the booklet, and just like Lake Ann, fish from them make it to the frying pans of anglers and are eaten quite often without a problem or concern.

At this time, I consider the rumor regarding fish consumption on Lake Ann to be just that, a rumor.

If I head out there in the next week or two and catch a few slab crappies or a walleye or two, I'm going to fry them in butter and lemon pepper and fill my always-hungry-for-fish tummy.

Casting another line, the crappie action on Lake Mary continues to be good and anglers heading to Dog, Ida, and Howard are finding a fair to good sunfish bite.

Switching lures, this season you can expect to pay about $5 for a dozen sucker or shiner minnows, $1.25 for a scoop of fatheads, $1 for a scoop of crappie minnows, $2.50 for a dozen jumbo leeches, $2 for a dozen large, medium or small leeches, $2 for a tub of crawlers, and $1 for about 25 waxworms. Angleworms you have to dig yourself.

Have fun fishing and look for the sunfish bite to start early this year.

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