NANFA-L-- "Sheepless in Ohio" - Dead Sheephead in Lake Erie!

Hold The Cow! (
Mon, 5 Jun 2006 21:56:59 -0400

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone can explain something. I have guesses, but
would just like to throw this out to the list.

I was visiting Lake Erie's Kelly's Island his past weekend, when I noticed
several dead sheephead fish (Freshwater Drum) floating in the lake, as well as
washed up on shores. In addition, there were pockets of odor blowing in off
the lake, perhaps from the dead fish, which can only be described as "funky"
or like a severe case of bad breath in a street drunk. Enough to make you
say... "WOAH!"....

Usually, by mid June or July, from what I have noticed..... this part of the
lake is relatively clean and clear, except when algal blooms, heavy rains
(which we had recently), and perhaps some virus related situation causes
something like I described above, after which, it clears up.

What can be said about this? Perhaps Nick or Todd can comment, or anyone up
that way.

Rob Carillio
Mahoning River Drainage,
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