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Gates fishing hole closed due to fishkill

Posted August 18, 2008

— More than 100,000 fish have died at a popular Gates County fishing hole.

Jane Wyche, an employee at Merchants Millpond State Park, blamed the fish kill on a lack of oxygen. Wyche said a weed called Parrot's Feather dominated the pond this summer and, in decaying, used up oxygen the fish need to breathe.

The pond was closed Aug. 13, but could reopen as soon as Saturday, Wyche said.

Park employees plan to re-stock the pond's fish next summer, and hope limit the Parrot's Feather by weeding.


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  • NMBound Aug 18, 2008

    I don't think that it is the weeds that caused the fishkill, it sounds more like Golden Algae Bloom.

  • Adelinthe Aug 18, 2008

    Awww, poor fish.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Mr. Iowa Aug 18, 2008

    Parrot's Feather is not a weed to water gardeners. We pay good money for bundles of it. Maybe they need to start marketing this plant!

  • tgw Aug 18, 2008

    Merchant's Millpond is one beautiful place. I've never had great fishing success there, but the canoeing there is wonderful. You never know what to expect around the next bend.

    I wonder why they will wait until next year to start re-stocking the fish. May have to do with O2 levels in the water. If the O2 rises early enough, it would make sense to re-stock this fall for mor growing time.

    WRAL friends, if you want a beautiful canoe trip, go to Merchant's Millpond. It's a long way, and you had better have your provisions when you get there. If you like pretty swamp/pond areas with much moss and stuff, this is the place.