|A Sunfish that just washed on shore.|
|A heavily decayed Largemouth Bass.|
Fish kills that are natural and localized are typically no reason for alarm, but tests still should be done to test if levels of toxicity exist. CT DEEP Fisheries Biologist, Ed Machowski concluded that warm water temperature, low oxygen levels, and algae blooms are causing the fish stress. The algae bloom is limiting light penetration, therefore affecting photosynthesis and causing oxygen levels to drop. Dead fish were found at several regions of the lake, but most were found at the North Bay, due to the southwesterly breeze pushing fish to the northeast section of the lake. It should be noted that the fish kill is not related to the August 15th herbicide treatment on selected areas of Bantam Lake.