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DNR Says More Fish Died This Winter Due To Heavy Ice

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The warmer weather is bringing on more than just allergies.

Across mid-Michigan lakes are thawing and from under the ice comes many fish that died during the winter.

Workers at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say typically fish die off during the winter, but this year many more died than usual.

They blame the fish kill on the amount of ice the state had and how long the ice stayed frozen on the lakes.

They say that keeps oxygen from getting into the lakes, causing many fish to suffocate.

"Whatever volume of oxygen you start with dissolved into the water at the beginning of the winter has got to get the fish through the entire winter. So the longer that period is, the greater probability you're going to run out of oxygen and it's going to result in a fish kill," said Jim Francis, Fisheries Administrator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Workers say small, shallow lakes will likely see a larger fish kill this spring than larger, deeper bodies of water.

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