Fish are dying by the truckload as the drought dries up backwater tributaries, reduces main channel flows and raises the temperature of the remaining river water. In Indiana, many different fish are taking the hit. Northern pike and crappy are among the victims, said Doug Keller, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources aquatic habitat coordinator. The AP reports "thousands ... many millions" throughout the Midwest, including about 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon last week in Iowa and enough fish to clog the intake valve at an Illinois power plant. At least one positive side effect to the mass killing: Keller reports the highly invasive Asian Carp, which like to populate flooded riparian backwaters as young fish, are also among the victims. So far, he added, the state's blue gill and bass have not succumbed to the pressure, but "if we continue with hot weather and low water, we're really not sure how this will play out over next month."
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