Winter kill seen on some lakesSubmitted: 04/11/2014
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Even while protected by a layer of ice, fish felt the effects of a hard winter.

The DNR warns you might see some dead fish washing ashore when you head down to the dock this spring.

Die-offs are an ordinary part of the season.

Over the winter ice and snow blocks sunlight from reaching underwater plants.

The plants in turn stop producing oxygen and that is unfortunate for the fish.

This past winter the DNR documented 18 fish kills.

Thankfully it is rare for lakes to see a total winterkill.

Fish often seek out tributaries or springs where oxygen levels are higher.

But 3 feet of ice still covers many northern lakes.

And a fresh snow fall can make things even darker underwater.

That could lead to larger die-offs.

DNR officials are asking anyone who happens to see a winterkill to contact the agency.

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