February 14, 2016

Gardner Lake fish die off from severe weather

A number of Gizzard shad have been found dead along the shores at Gardner Lake.  According to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, it is likely that the cause of this fish kill was due to stress related to severe winter conditions.  Gizzard shad tend to be susceptible to winter severity.  The past winter conditions included increased precipitation, below normal temperatures and extended duration of ice cover.  These conditions may have stressed the tolerances of the gizzard shad population causing an acute kill after ice-off.  No other fish species or any other forms of aquatic life were found dead during the investigation, therefore, a low oxygen event is not believed to be the cause of this kill.

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