Fish kill claims 10,000 carp at Jackson County lake

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Conservation officials have been investigating the death of about 10,000 carp at a western Missouri lake.

The state Department of Conservation said Wednesday that the fish kill in Jackson County's Blue Springs Lake appears to have affected only carp and that other varieties of sport fish at the lake have not been affected.

Fishery biologist Jake Allman says the dead carp were first reported at the lake in late May. The department said tests are under way to determine the cause of the kill but that water quality doesn't appear to be a factor.

The department said that because carp are an invasive species, the losses could benefit other sport fish that compete for food and habitat in the lake.

Blue Springs is one of two lakes in Fleming Park.


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