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Minor fish kill at Baldwin Lake

July 11, 2009 at 08:07 AM

Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat reports that high temperatures helped fuel a minor fish kill in late June at Baldwin Lake.

About 350 to 400 fish were killed at the end of June after water temperatures topped 100 degrees..

“Every summer around this time, we lose some fish because of thermal stress,” said Barry Newman, the local fisheries biologist. “I know it happens in several power plant lakes across the state. You get real high temperatures in the summer combined with the heated water in the lake, that thermal stress causes some of those fish to die.”

Newman said the fish that perished were mostly catfish, hybrid striper, carp, drum and a very small amount of largemouth bass.

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