Georgia: Biologists Investigate Cause Of Thousands Of Dead Fish On Carter’s Lake
Georgia DNR biologists say they’ve been getting complaints since Saturday from boaters, fishers and swimmers on Carter’s Lake.
It doesn’t take long to spot fish belly up on Carter’s lake. Silver sprinkles cover the blue water from end to end.
‘Dead fish just floating, I just wondered what was causing it,’ boater Jana Manous said.
‘I noticed that a lot of shad were dead,’ fisherman Carl Melear added.
It’s the first time frequent Carter’s Lake fisherman Carl Melear says he’s ever seen this many dead fish.
‘I don’t know what might be causing a kill like that,’ Melear said.
With lingering questions, intense heat and several hours with no catch, he decided to pack up early.
A few days into their investigation, DNR officials say they’re leaning toward it being natural causes instead of toxins in the water. That’s because all the dead fish seem to be the same species.
‘If it was a toxin in the water or low oxygen in the water, it would be killing all different types of species,’ said Jim Hakala, Georgia Dept. Of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist.
State biologists came out to the lake this weekend to look into the reports and after seeing it for themselves, say nearly all of the dead fish are eight to ten inch gizzard shad.” Read more.