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Nuisance fish found in LaGrange

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The winter was harsh but not harsh enough to kill off nuisance fish Gizzard Shad
State wildlife officials hoped the cold winter would eradicate the Gizzard Shad from Royer Lake in LaGrange County, but they survived in large number.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a mid-May survey of the 69-acre lake found hundreds of gizzard shad in the natural lake, despite evidence many of the fish had died over the winter.
The DNR's district biologist, who covers several Indiana counties that border Ohio and Michigan, hopes the lake's bass population will keep its Gizzard Shad numbers in check.
Gizzard Shad can overpopulate lakes and compete with popular sport fish.
In large numbers they can also indirectly reduce water clarity by feeding on microscopic animals that normally eat algae.

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