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Fish Kill affects South Dakota's Roy Lake

LAKE CITY, S.D. – Many dead carp have been reported on Roy Lake in northeast South Dakota.

Roy Lake State Park personnel are picking up fish daily and keeping swimming beaches within the park clear of fish. Throughout the rest of the lake, lake users will find fish along the shoreline.

“We believe the fish kill stems from some condition unique to carp, in combination with the hot weather after their spawning period,” said Mark Ermer, Regional Fisheries Manager for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. “No other fish species have been found dead.”

Water samples have been taken, and the Department of Health is testing to determine whether there is any health risk. The beaches will be closed Wednesday, July 4, if testing indicates a health problem.

A burial pit has been created on Four Mile Game Production Area (GPA) for the disposal of dead fish. The public can access the pit by going three miles east of Lake City on Highway 10 and then turning south at the Six Mile Lake Access road. Continue southfor three-fourths of a mile and turn west. Public will need to go through the gated entrance of the GPA and follow signs to the pit.

Roy Lake State Park is organizing a fish cleanup effort for Friday, July 6. Contact Roy Lake State Park at 605-448-5701 for more information.

For more information about the fish kill, contact Regional Fisheries Manager Mark Ermer at 605-345-3381.

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