TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- County officials blame a harsh winter for the number of dead fish at Lake Shawnee.
Parks Director, Terry Bertels says he has been in contact with representatives from Wild Life and Parks on the high number of gizzard shad floating on the shores.
Bertels says it's not uncommon for the fish to die after a prolonged period of ice cover over the lake.
"While it's alarming to see a fish kill because it's a fish kill, it's not uncommon for something like this to happen after the type of winter we had," Bertels.
Bertels says the gizzard shad kill has no effect on trout fishing at Lake Shawnee.