Fish in the Midwest are dying by the tens of thousands.

 Fish Kill In Aurora

Two days later from the time I made this video I looked at the pond on the way to work and there were fish, turtle and bird carcasses everywhere.   I didn't know that lack of oxygen kills snappers.  Something is very wrong here.  I know this happens in the summer a lot, but this particular pond has what it takes to survive a drought.  What were they treating this pond with 3 days before this happened? 

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senkomaster replied the topic: #5240 15 Aug 2012 12:46
I wonder why no carp or catfish noticeable in the video/photos? Maybe it's because they can better handle the deeper water? I don't know, but this is unfortunate because this seems to be mother nature behaving badly...unless chemical treatments are also involved in combination with low oxygen levels.
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jlrcsm replied the topic: #5217 14 Aug 2012 12:56
Timber Lake also had a die off of small bluegills in mid july not as bad as Marty's pictures but Timber Lake is already difficult to fish.
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #5215 14 Aug 2012 11:13
The list on this file is getting to be huge. I will keep my eyes open for any updates.

www2.illinois.gov/gov/drought/Documents/DRTF-DNR-072312.pdf
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #5213 14 Aug 2012 11:05
RichFish I am happy to hear what you said about leaving a stressed body of water alone. I try to do the same thing when I see a pond struggling.

It is getting to be increasingly difficult to find places to fish due to one reason or another, but we must try and "assist" the struggling fish the best we can and stay away until the drought passes.
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #5212 14 Aug 2012 10:54
I am in mourning over one of my favorite neighborhood ponds (the one in the video).
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redhook62 replied the topic: #5209 13 Aug 2012 21:17
Yeah, that's awful. I haven't seen anything like this either. What a mess.
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #5204 13 Aug 2012 15:09
Oh my! How sad! I have not seen this on any of my ponds. I have only seen a few dead ones here and there which is normal.
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Fluke replied the topic: #5197 13 Aug 2012 11:26
Hate to add to the bad news but a go to pond of mine is done for. This cold weather shift on top of the extreme heat pretty much killed off everything residing in the pond. Hundreds of bluegill were killed along with multiple bass in the 3+ lb range....with some pushing in the 5 lb range. The remaining bass were extremely lethargic as it was only a matter of time until they would not recover as well. All because of the limited amount of oxygen and the extreme water temperature shift.

Warning...pictures are graphic :(





It is a natural event every year it seems, but this was a big blow for this pond and it was sad to see the quality lost.
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richfish replied the topic: #5191 13 Aug 2012 08:05
I witnessed dead fish on the desplaines a month ago.Muskies,suckers,and northerns.So left the river alone as not to stress the fish that were still there.It will probably be awhile before the full impact of this summer is seen.Checked out mayslake yesterday aug 12 and still saw dead bluegills along the shoreline.I can imagine the toll its taken on smaller ponds.
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #5187 12 Aug 2012 13:05
I am getting worried about our ponds again. The bodies are starting to mount.