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Dead fish are filling Crandell Lake shorelines

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 16:18:03-04

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Fish are the latest victims of this year's heavy rain.

Dead fish are filling shorelines at Crandell Lake. (Source WILX)An abundance of dead fish are filling the shoreline -- and -- are floating throughout Eaton County's Crandell Lake.

The amount of dead fish in and around the water is even giving Crandell Lake a nick name.

"I call it dead fish island," laughed eight-year-old Liam.

Brothers, Liam and Mason are making the most of the first day of summer by fishing.

But both were surprised at the amount of fish outside of the water.

"It's bizarre that there are dead fish everywhere," said five-year-old Mason.

"We are just trying not to fish next to the dead fish even though there's a few down there," said Liam.

Crandell Lake does have a catch and release policy, but the Eaton County Parks and Rec director tells News 10, it is not related to the dead fish.

"It is definitely not the cause," said Troy Stowell.

Both the Parks Department and the DNR say the dead fish are a result of this year's weather.

"Just the stress of the spawning season, a lot of your younger fish will pass but with the abundance of rain that we have had and the varying temps that we have had combined with the spawning, it is concerning," said Stowell.

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