Fish kill luring onlookers to Lake Minnetonka

There’s a sight and quite a smell that’s luring people to a section of Gray’s Bay.

A fish kill involving hundreds of fish have become more noticeable in the past several days at the dam that connects Lake Minnetonka with Minnehaha Creek….

….The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is monitoring the situation. Spokeswoman Telly Mamayek said it’s not unusual for a fish kill in this spot. She said that the dam separating the two bodies of water was open later last year than usual. More fish congregated in the area and when the water froze quickly, it depleted the oxygen in the shallow water, therefore, killing the fish. Now that the ice has melted considerably, people are now seeing what mother nature has covered up earlier in the winter.

“It’s just the cycle of life there,” said Mamayek.

She added that people should not touch the dead fish. Instead, leave them alone and let nature take its course.

She said the dam usually reopens in mid-April and once all of the ice is gone. When water levels rise, the fish will be carried downstream.

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