Mass die off of fish in Madison lake, Ohio, USA

Fish Kill Alert

A lake is littered with dead fish along its shoreline in what’s become a common spring-time sight.
Dead shad are floating along the banks of Madison Lake in London.  
Elizabeth Wheeler visits the state park for peace and quiet and for her favorite past-time of fishing. “It’s so relaxing there’s so much going on in the city you just get out in the wild and enjoy yourself,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler says the dead fish just inches away from her feet don’t bother her at all.
“A lot of people probably wouldn’t know about it yeah it’s every year especially this year with being so bad,” said Wheeler.
The common spring-time occurrence is what’s known as winterkill according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources after months of heavy ice and snow cover.
The fish couldn’t get enough oxygen to survive.
ODNR says it’s most common in shallow ponds. The fish are expected to disappear pretty quickly as wild animals feast on what they find.
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