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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

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Southern Iowa lakes experience panfish kills due to spawning stress

A variety of factors can cause stress during the spawning season for fish species such as bluegills, including changes in water temperature, water quality and availability of food. (Photo by Vic Attardo)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries biologists have investigated recent reports of dead bluegill and crappie in southern Iowa lakes.
These natural fish kills are a common occurrence at a number of lakes each spring during spawning season. There is little danger to the overall population of bluegill or crappie. Iowa lakes can support thousands of panfish per acre of water.

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