High heat kills thousands of fish at Corporate Lake

Monday, August 1, 2011 | 7:10 p.m. CDT; updated 7:18 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Garry Lewis Properties employee Brandon Gier looks at thousands of dead fish that accumulated at Corporate Lake Monday. He and his coworker, Dale Horton, said nothing seemed wrong while cleaning the area during their Friday shift.

COLUMBIA — Thousands of dead fish have surfaced at Corporate Lake due to high heat and lack of rainfall, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Water temperatures exceeded 90 degrees in the man-made lake on Sunday and Monday, Phillip Pitts, Fisheries Management Biologist for the Conservation Department, said.

Corporate Lake is located off Southampton Drive, next to John Garry Drive. The restaurant Swan Lakeshore Dining overlooks the lake.

These high water temperatures cause "low oxygen fish kill," Pitts said, which means there is a depletion of oxygen from the lake, and the fish suffocate in large numbers. 

The majority were sunfish, and the rest were the common carp, bluegill, crappie, golden shiners and several other species.

Pitts said he visited Corporate Lake at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.

"I saw a lake with thousands of fish piping towards the surface," he said. "It's low-oxygen related and very common for this time of year."

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Delcia Crockett August 1, 2011 | 11:28 p.m.


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