Concentrations of heavy metals (Cu, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cr, Pb and Cd) in some organs of tench and tissues of its parasite found in Kovada Lake (Turkey) were analyzed using atomic absorption spectrophotometry and subsequently compared with the data from sediments and water. Only Cu, Fe, Zn and Mn were detected in water, sediment, plerocercoids of Ligula intestinalis and fish samples, while levels of Cr, Pb and Cd were below the detection limits. Four elements were found at higher concentrations in the plerocercoid than in different fish tissues (muscle, liver and gill), being 1.6-37.4 times higher than that measured in muscle, liver and gill. Significant positive (for Cu) and negative (for Fe, Zn and Mn) correlations were found between the quantity of heavy metals in water and tissues of L. intestinalis plerocercoids while there were significant positive (for Cu and Zn) and negative (for Fe and Mn) correlations between the quantity of heavy metals in bottom sediment and tissues of L. intestinalis plerocercoids. Cestodes were found suitable to reflect the amount heavy metals in sediments, providing more reliable information about the actual pollution of the reservoirs.