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Published July 12, 2012, 08:04 PM

Warm water problems out on the lakes

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- With temps in the 90's for several days, our lake water is more like your "bathwater." And that warm water is putting a stress on our fish population. As well as causing the unwelcome "itch".

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- With temps in the 90's for several days, our lake water is more like your "bathwater." And that warm water is putting a stress on our fish population. As well as causing the unwelcome "itch".

The good news is, lakes around here, have yet to see any significant fish kill from the warm water temps. But there is no question, they are suffering.

A walk along the beach on area lakes and you see the result of heat stress and warm water temps. Sunfish and perch have washed up on shore.

With lakes water more like a hot tub for our finned friends.

Jim Wolters/MN DNR Fisheries: "The warmer the water temperature the less oxygen the water can hold so oxygen levels are good but they are not ideal for some fish."

We checked some area lakes today with a thermometer and many of them registering in the low 80's which is hard on walleye and northern.

And the warmer water not only is having an impact on our fish, but doctors have seen people coming in with skin related conditions from summer time nuiscance symptoms.

Dr. Jeff Anderson/Sanford Physician: "Fair amount of swimmer's itch that is usually in July shallow and marshy waters plants stagnant with ducks and waterfowl in it."

And Dr. Johnson says ticks and tick borne diseases are also the cause of walk in clinic visits for people here in lakes area. And as for the fish, some of the lakes in southern Minnesota are really suffering from fish kill because the lakes are so shallow.

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