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Fish kill at LaSalle Lake

June 29, 2009 at 05:06 PM

James Hartley reports seeing evidence of a fish kill at LaSalle Lake on Saturday.

Here is the text of his recent e-mail:

I fished LaSalle Lake on Saturday. Never have I witnessed a mess like this! There were thousands of dead fish on the rip rap banks, and as we trolled around , there were probably that many in the water, as our lines would hit the floaters on the surface. My heart is absolutely broken!

It appears the blue catfish have survived this for now, but one only knows what is next for this lake. We did catch many blues trolling crankbaits, and you could see the small blues pecking away at the bellies of the floater dead shads. The blues we caught were nice in size (2-5 pounders) appeared healthy, and you could see their bellies were full and expanded from gorging themselves on baitfish, live and dead. I only imagine at night if there are any 25-30 pounders left, they are probably surfacing around cleaning up the large dead shad on the surface.

I will not fish LaSalle any more this year and will concentrate on fishing Heideke.

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