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Any of you flatwater types planning a trip to smallie fish on the SF Shenandoah should rethink your plans. There is a major fish kill going on as I type. Guides are reporting in some cases over 100 dead fish seen on floats. Primarily smallmouth, largemouth and sunfish are the victims but a few suckers and catfish have shown up too.

All evidence so far seems to rule out a chemical or toxic spill of any kind, as that would decimate all species of fish. Dead fish and many still living exhibit leisons and sores caused by infections from bacteria and parasites naturally occurring in the water. White fungus growths are also showing up on fish.

While fish naturally have a lower immune system effectiveness in spring because of metabolic changes in response to flutuating water temperatures, something else seems to have made the fish less tolerant. Water testing has revealed higher than normal nutrient loads, but no unusual substances.

Testing continues and anyone seeing dead fish on the SF is encouraged to contact VGIF or DEQ to report the sightings. This is the 5th river in the region to suffer a kill of similar timing and characteristics: 2001 SB Potomac 2002, NB Potomac, 2003 Cacapon in West Va, & 2004 NF Doah got whacked by the same thing.

Lack of answers about cause and preventative measures is frustrating but investigation will continue, with fish being tested at VA Tech for more data.
 

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Its the entire length of the SF from Port Republic all the way to Front Royal. First reports were from Shenandoah to Grove Hill section, and then downstream near Bentonville. All sections of river have had reports of dead fish. Over 100 miles of primo smallie water going down the toilet.[sad]
 
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