Officials watch fish at Lake Cumberland

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (AP) - State wildlife officials are monitoring fish populations that depend on Lake Cumberland's stores of cold
water during hot summer months.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says the lake's
lower levels in recent years have led to lower amounts of cold
water for trout, striped bass and walleye.

Officials say heavy rains in May and June forced them to siphon
a significant amount of cold water from the lake's bottom to prevent the lake from rising too high. The lake has been kept at a lower level while work on Wolf Creek Dam continues.

John Williams, southeastern fishery district biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says the fish cannot survive without enough dissolved oxygen in the cold water.

Officials say they are hoping the cooler summer air temperatures
this year will continue into August.

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