Fish kill hits Traxler Park Lagoon in Janesville

Fishermen continue to fish

Fish kill hits Traxler Park Lagoon in...

JANESVILLE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill at a popular fishing spot in Janesville.

Ethan Lee, a city parks and forestry coordinator, said the DNR is investigating several fish kills around the state.

According to Lee, the DNR is collecting data and doing research to determine what is causing the widespread fish kills.

Dozens of fish have been going belly-up at the Traxler Park Lagoon in Janesville for more than a week.

Lee said he suspects the fluctuating water temperature might have had an impact on the fish during spawning season. He said it’s safe for people to keep fishing in the area.

Richard Beall lives in Janesville and said he tries to go fishing at least three times a week. He said he remembers another fish kill happening in the area a few years ago, but it didn’t stop him from fishing.

“I think if it was going to affect us eating the fish, they would put a warning out for it,” Beall said. “So I don’t think it will affect it, but I believe it can affect the fish, you know, the biting, less fish and stuff. Other than that, it’s all good here.”

Lee said he isn’t aware of any other fish kills around the area.

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