Dead Fish Found in Kentucky Lake

People who live in the Silver Lake neighborhood in Frankfort have been dealing with the sight and stench the last two days.

Several residents in the area can't believe that all the fish are dead. Hundreds lined the banks of the lake in the Silverlake subdivision by sunrise.

Kerry Prather, a biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, took a reading of the oxygen level in the water.

Prather tells 27 NEWSFIRST a lack of oxygen is what caused the fish to die. Prather says is is not uncommon for this to happen and is the result of our recent drought.

Wildlife experts say the hot, dry weather reduced the water level at Silver Lake and increased the water temperature. When yesterday's cloud cover moved in, the oxygen evaporated in the water creating the fish kill.


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  • by Robert Location: Frankfort on Jul 22, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    Jim, the individual from Gilbertsville is mostly correct. By the way, Gilbertsville is not far from The Kentucky Dam Village Resort.
  • by Jim Location: Frankfort on Jul 11, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    Where in the heck is Gilbertsville? I love how these hillbillies think they know everything!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 9, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    Guess its better to find a bunch of dead fish than a bunch of dead people...
  • by Travis Location: Mt. Sterling on Jul 6, 2007 at 08:34 PM
    Ewwwww stinky. But man if I was there earlier just think of the fish fry I could have had!
  • by John Bauer Location: gilbertsville, KY on Jul 6, 2007 at 06:20 PM
    Something really stinks here, pardon the pun. This fellow Prather was hired to spray the lake with paraquat to get rid of the alagae. Paraquat is toxic to fish. Toxic to people too. Not only was it stupid and careless to use paraquat, but also idiotic to kill algae in a small lake this time of year. The oxygen level in ponds and lakes is the lowest during the warm months of the year, warm water holds less oxygen than cold. And if you add dead algae to the water, the dissolved oxygen really takes a dive. The algae produced the majority of the dissolved oxygen in the first place, that's what the fish need to breathe. Now the dead algae starts to decompose and that even further depletes the oxygen levels. And this fellow is licensed and draws a paycheck from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife? Wow......
  • by Tyler Location: Milledgeville, GA on Jul 6, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    We just had one of the same incidents occur in our area. Our DNR said it was common as well, and would just take time to reinhabit with more fish...
  • by Sassy Location: US of A on Jul 6, 2007 at 06:54 AM
    Poor little fishies!

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