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Officials seek cause of fish deaths at Geist Reservoir

Indiana officials are working to determine what caused the deaths of fish found with slime and splotches on them at Geist Reservoir.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:49 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are working to determine what caused the deaths of fish found with slime and splotches on them at Geist Reservoir.

It's not unusual for dead fish to turn up as the weather warms in the spring, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says this week it's investigating the fish deaths.

Russ Chargualaf tells The Indianapolis Star that he and others saw more than 100 bluegill and redears floating along the shoreline during a weekend fishing tournament. He says the fish had "thick white slime" and unusual dots on them.

WISH-TV reports the Indiana Department of Environmental Management says there are currently no concerns with the water affecting people at the reservoir.

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