WATCH: Over 9,000 Pounds Of Fish Dead, Washing Up To Shore At Citizen’s Lake In Monmouth, IL
IL-DNR said fish kills are normal on lakes and ponds this time of the year. It happens when light cannot go through the ice. This slows the growth of algae and plants that produce the oxygen. This is more likely to happen in shallow ponds compared to deeper ones. That’s because deeper ponds have a greater volume of oxygen and are more likely to sustain fish. – KWQC.
By the thousands, fish are dying in the shallower man-made lakes of the Chicago area.
CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports that the long, cold winter is to blame.
At sunset Tuesday night, two neighbors came to the edge of Lake Linden in Lindenhurst to get a first-hand look at the catfish, sunfish, pike and others that have washed up. The deaths are the result of the heavy ice cover that now persists into April.
“The sunlight’s not able to penetrate through into the water and that reduces over time, the dissolved oxygen levels and that stresses the fish out and eventually if it gets low enough, the fish will die,” said Mike Adam, senior biologist for the Lake County Health Department’s lake management unit.
WATCH: Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Shores Of North Suburban Lakes.
Lake Linden is now a big draw for gulls and crows who peck through the ice to get at the growing number of fish carcasses in the water. Residents who live along the 31 acre lake are worried about the summer.
“It’s very sad cause there’s some really big fish, some big catfish that are out there, so it’s kind of sad we’re losing the big ones too,” said Lindenhurst resident Kathy Gernady.
“It’s another example of how harsh our winter was this year,” said Adam.
If this fish kill goes on much longer and it might, the owners of these lakes will have to think about restocking for the future.
Experts say the brutal winter will not mean fewer mosquitos or ticks. – CBS Chicago.
|Mud Lake in Chain O’ Lakes State Park. WANE Photo|
Some northern Indiana lakes are seeing large numbers of Harsh winter blamed that wildlife officials blame on this winter’s severe cold.
Fisherman Robert Schultz tells WSBT-TV he found some banks of Pike Lake near Warsaw covered with hundreds of dead gizzard shad.
WATCH: Dead fish discovered at Pike Lake.
That’s a species of fish that the Department of Natural Resources says is less tolerant of the freezing temperatures that hit the area over the last few months. The DNR has had reports of similar fish kills at other lakes, including Winona Lake on the other side of Warsaw.
While many of the dead shad have been eaten by birds or other fish, Schultz says he expects to see more.