More dead fish in Oklahoma

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK - Large numbers of dead fish continue to show up in waters all over Oklahoma. Today we talked with local fishermen in Marshall County about what they've been experiencing.

"I don't know whether they run out of oxygen or what it is they ought to be able to test the water and find out." said Jack Campbell.

Jack Campbell has been fishing Wilson Creek all his life.
He says 3 weeks ago, small fish started dying and now large fish, many more than 40 and 50 pounds are dying as well.

Out here at Wilson Creek in Marshall County you can see literally thousands of dead fish lining the shore line. People have been coming all day and taking pictures, but they don't hang around very long because the smell is unbearable.

Marshall County residents wonder if the dead fish in their area could somehow be connected to those in the Red River, but state biologist Matt Mauck says he doesn't think so.

Mauck says they have tested the Wilson Creek water, and they feel confident they know why those fish died.

"The Wilson Creek fish are dying as a result of lack of oxygen. This has been measured through some water sampling equipment." Mauck said.

While Mauck says low oxygen levels killed the fish in Wilson Creek, they're still trying to figure out what is still killing fish in the Red River.

"We are still examining all possible sources of the fish kill, and we will hopefully have more concrete evidence and ideas of what's going on within a few days." said Mauck.

Mauck says his office continues to get similar calls from all over Oklahoma. He says 2011 is shaping up to be one of the worst years on record for high numbers of areas with dead fish.

"We're going to have more episodes likely of these events happening unless we get some relief in the heat and we get some more water within our lakes and rivers."


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  • by Patrick Norton Location: Enid OK on Jan 31, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    Had 25 goldfish die in my outside pond in Enid. Not a lack of oxygen. All my filters and oxygen systems are working fine and water test came up as ethylene glycol. Using City water. Oklahoma is a dumping ground for the wealthy.
  • by ethan Location: snager, tx on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    just never eat the fish, with all the starving people in the world and all that fish is going to waste
  • by red river expert Location: sanger, Tx on Aug 30, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    well obviously im the red river expert and im telling yall everything will be okay and all this will clean up, maybe the community around yall needs to clean up, quit being selfish and help out, DUH!!!!!
  • by anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    Okay, first of all you guys need to grow up and get a life. I'm only a senior in high school and i'm not as ignorant as you guys. Stereotyping people by calling them ugly and saying that they are killing people by they are ugliness is seriously something a five year old would say. Again, grow up and get lifes.
  • by the fish doctor Location: Sanger, TX on Aug 30, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    this is obviously a paranormal activity, this will eventually cayse all the trees to fall into the river and also to give the water back the oxygen it is depleted of. If this does continue though, it could be bad for the fish and for the community around it, i should know, im a doctor.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    while the uglying up of them fishies,by okies, is entirely legit, i don't believe there are enough okies out there working at it to cause this scale of thing to happen. I think some of them are cheating and looking over their boats twice, or maybe even 3 or 4 times! I did see something funny last week, with my oklagoggles on, of course...one of them was shouted "hey har whoooo! looky der at dis un main! whhooooo...gawd doggit! disun's gonna be on da screen fo sho !" and at that moment, when his partener looked up, he made the fatal mistake of looking up too, to see if his homeboy was listening. there was a loud CRACK! my oklagoggles shattered and when i scrub a dubbed the glass from my eyes, all i saw left was a pile of dirty boots and an old flannel t-shirt (sic).
  • by Leroy Location: Boro's on Jul 18, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    You Okies fishing in the River, "STOP looking over the side of the boat" Your UGLYING UP TOO MANY FISH.
  • by D... Location: Ardsville on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    Stupid people make me laugh...
  • by bvtleg Location: bvt on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Wake up people! How odd it is that this is only occuring in the Red River & bodies of water that connect with it. ODWC keeps stating they are getting a lot of reports of this, but they are coming from small bodies & stock ponds. The river IS flowing, they make it sound like it's a dead flow body of water. I could MAYBE agree if it were indeed only larger body fish that were dying off, but it's all shapes & sizes. I think there was a spill or something of the sorts & they're just covering it up. Money talks, especially to a lowly funded dept like the ODWC. Let's see how far down river this travels.
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      by JCTX on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to bvtleg
      Agreed. Something has happened that we're not being told about. Additionally, I think the low oxygen levels go without saying - but, that can be easily argued. When did this happen before when we've had this type of weather with no rain, etc... ?? And why isn't it happening elsewhere??
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      by Jack C. on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM in reply to bvtleg
      Don't be asinine. The scenario you laid out is entirely implausible. It's a toxoplasmosis inspired hoax.
  • by randy Location: everywhere on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Maybe we should ask the right questions! What can the human race do to help the planet? I'm not big on save our planet, but look at what we have done to it! This is all our faults! The fish have no control over it! But we do an we need to try an fix it!
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      by Jack C. on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:35 AM in reply to randy
      Oh, fish have much more control than you think. Have you ever heard of toxoplasmosis? It is disease that cats carry that makes other creatures such as mice and humans worship cats. Look it up. I fear that fish carry a similar disease. I'm not an expert--don't trust "experts" anyway--but it could have jumped from cats to catfish then on to other species of fish. This entire dead fish hoax is just an excuse for the government to ban fishing. I would not be surprised one bit if some powerful government officials are infected with this fish version of toxoplasmosis. Humans BEFORE nature!!
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        by JCTX on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to Jack C.
        Bhahaha....
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