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Subdivision and lakefront properties can experience a significant die-off of carp in the spring or early summer, which can occur on other area lakes as well.

carp die-offAccording to the IL Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries Division staff, this naturally occurring condition was most likely caused by the extreme winter; fluctuating water temperatures during carp spawning activities; and the onset of a bacterial infection that negatively impacts on the carp population when this species is in a stressed state.  This bacteria is ever-present in lakes and does not impact on other species or humans.  Aside from the cleanup, no action is necessary.

 As always, it is the responsibility of subdivisions and individual property owners to maintain their lake-front shorelines.  The MPOA does not have the staff, budget, or facilities to gather and dispose of dead fish. For more information, please see Disposal Options

This event, coupled with the Annual Sportsman’s Club sponsored Carp Derby, over time could benefit Wonder Lake by creating a more balanced fishery.