Altus-Lugert Lake appears no longer viable fishery

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says Golden Algae blooms that killed fish in southwest Oklahoma's Altus-Lugert Lake have left the lake apparently no longer viable for fish.

The department says it completed a four-day survey in April using nets and electrofishing and caught no fish.

The department is considering stocking shad and bluegill during the spring and later stocking sport fish to see if fish will again survive. The ODWC says fish from upstream ponds and rivers are also likely to return if the golden algae decreases.

The lake is also one source of drinking water for the city of Altus. The state Department of Environmental Quality says the algae should have no effect on drinking water - but the city is currently not taking water from the lake.

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