Continued Drought Causing Fish Kill at Area Lakes

- It's spring, a time when warmer weather has Texomans enjoying the great outdoors but this spring area fishing enthusiasts are not expected to reel in much fun.

State parks and wildlife officials say the continued drought is having a smelly impact in some area lake because they say depleting oxygen levels are causing more and more fish to end up belly up on the shorelines.

David Howington enjoys taking his family to lake buffalo every spring and summer but he says two weeks ago, they headed to the lake outside Iowa Park lake and quickly realized a problem.

"We got just a couple of hundred yards away from it and we started smelling it then drove up on it and saw everything and it was kind of depressing at that point," says David Howington.

Depressing, because dozens of dead fish littered the receded shoreline. Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say the continued drought is to blame.

"When you take 1,500 acres of animals that need oxygen and you have them in 60 acres of water that's trying to produce oxygen.. it just can't produce enough," says Thomas Lang, a district fisheries supervisor with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

But parks and wildlife officials say it's not just lake buffalo that's being impacted.

"We suspect there was one at Middle Lake as well, and we think there would have been one out at Lake Wichita had we had any fish left in it but we think Lake Wichita pretty much died off from two drought kills in 2012 and a golden algae kill, as well," Lang adds.

Which will cause fun at area lakes to dwindle this summer, just like the water in this lake. Parks and wildlife officials say the drought is also impacting migratory waterfowl that no longer have fish to eat in the area but they expects area lakes and creeks to bounce back once Texoma receives an ample amount of rain.

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