Carp in the Blue Springs Lake have been dying off since just before Memorial Day weekend.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Fisheries Management Biologist Jake Allman:

Jake Allman

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Conservation

Kansas City, Mo. _ The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a fish kill at Blue Springs Lake in Jackson County. Only common carp are affected. About 10,000 carp have died, said Jake Allman, MDC fishery biologist.

Dead carp were reported at the lake during the week prior to the Memorial Day weekend. The fish kill has continued but appeared to be easing this week, Allman said.

Laboratory tests will be conducted to determine the cause. A disease affecting common carp is suspected, said Pam Lanigan, MDC regional fisheries supervisor. Water quality does not appear to be a factor.

Whatever is causing the carp to die has not affected the most popular sport fish for anglers at the lake such as bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill, Lanigan said. Fish kills due to natural causes are not uncommon. Carp are an exotic, invasive species. The carp losses could benefit the other sport fish in the lake that compete for food and habitat.

MDC biologists will continue to monitor the fishery at the lake. Fish diseases are not transmissible to humans.

Blue Springs Lake is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and public recreation areas at the lake are managed by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department.