Long Winter Affecting Fish

Spirit Lake, IA (KICD)–The Iowa DNR says say the harsh winter is expected to affect some fish populations in the state.

Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins tells KICD News there are a few things that can create problems beneath the ice.

Decaying material beneath the ice can also take reduce oxygen levels which have been better in some are lakes which normally have issues and worse in lakes that are typically fine.

Hawkins says that winter kills are not a total kill as there are always pockets of fish who seem to survive and the repopulation could actually be good for anglers in a couple of years.

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