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Fish dying at Lake Elsinore; drought and summer heat may be to blame

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LAKE ELSINORE, California — Experts say California's long drought and summer heat may be killing fish in Lake Elsinore.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1M5Q5Bb ) says about 1,000 pounds of carp, bass and other fish were scooped out of the lake east of Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Experts last month had predicted a massive die-off was coming because of an overpopulation of threadfin shad minnows, which eat tiny critters that help control algae content.

The resulting algae blooms can deplete oxygen and suffocate fish.

Mike Giusti, a state fish and game scientist, says the 3,000-acre freshwater lake is shallow and that's contributed to the problem.

The lake depth has dropped to no more than 20 feet because of the drought.

The last major die-off at the lake was in 2009.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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