CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOX) – A listener emailed KMOX News concerned about the dead fish in Creve Coeur Lake. She wanted to know why they were dying, so we contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Sarah Peper is a Fisheries Management Biologist in the St. Louis region. She says this time of year, lakes experience turnover.
“From what I’ve heard, the fish out there are of the species Gizzard Shad, and Shad are an easily stressed fish – meaning they die pretty easily – so it wouldn’t take much to kill them,” Peper says. “What’s been happening recently in the area with our weather changes, the water temperatures change pretty rapidly in some of the bodies of water and that can cause a phenomenon called turnover. That would be my best guess to what happened to these fish.”
Peper adds Creve Coeur Lake is very shallow and that makes turnover more likely.
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