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Gizzard Shad Die Off

Little bit of ice left on Lake St. Clair.

Well after riggin’ up my boat and greasing up my fishing reels I thought I’d take my boat out for spin. Reminds you it’s only the middle of March and I don’t suggest fishermen doing this.


There’s still a few ice chunks floating around the lake. I just trolled around the bays enjoying the fresh air and warm weather. I’ve been cooped up all winter and I needed to get out.

I knew I wasn’t going to catch anything because most of the fish are hanging out deeper in the canals and rivers this time of season.

Though I didn’t catch any fish, I did see a good amount of gizzard shad dead, both on top of the water and at the bottom of the lake. Just like the local news had reported.

It doesn’t stop there though, when I was in the shallow area of the bay, I notice a ton of other fish dead too.

These were not gizzard shad, these fish had some girth to them. It looked to be smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and carp dead at the bottom of Lake St. Clair. They were not on top of the water floating.
I’m thinking how come the Detroit News didn’t report about this?

Dead Gizzard Shad

Just about every 10-20 feet I spotted a big dead fish lurking on the bottom. It’s a bit scary if you ask me! Now this could be just natural causes, but I’m not quite sure.


The Detroit News just reported about a big algae bloom that is hitting the Great Lakes. Could this be the reason?

Well I’m not sure, I did get a few shots of the gizzard shad die off on top of the water.

There weren’t many dead fish on top, they were all at the bottom.