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Big Bear Lake is one of 187 reservoirs statewide designated as ‘mercury impaired’

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Ventura resident Robert Hirschhorn fishes along the north shore of Big Bear Lake, not knowing that it is one of 187 reservoirs formally designated by state water regulators this year as “mercury impaired.”

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Fisherman Aaron Armstrong, owner of Big Bear Charter Fishing, catches and later releases a smallmouth bass on Big Bear Lake.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Aaron Armstrong removes the hook from a smallmouth bass he caught and later released on Big Bear Lake. Lab tests have indicated that older, larger smallmouth and largemouth bass from these reservoirs harbor hazardous levels of toxic mercury compounds.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Fisherman Aaron Armstrong holds a smallmouth bass he caught and later released on Big Bear Lake.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Big Bear Lake is one of 187 reservoirs statewide formally designated by water regulators this year as “mercury impaired.”

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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A great blue heron skims across the water of Big Bear Lake.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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