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Published May 16, 2011, 08:03 PM

Fish Being Trapped in Pools of Water as Flooding Eases

As floodwaters along area rivers go down, some fish find themselves trapped in pools of water. At the Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks, people have had to help remove a number of catfish trapped in the park.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

As floodwaters along area rivers go down, some fish find themselves trapped in pools of water. At the Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks, people have had to help remove a number of catfish trapped in the park.

Park officials say they do what they can to save as many catfish that become land-locked and unable to get be to the river on there own. But they usually can't save them all.

Several dead catfish remain in the Red River Recreation Area in East Grand Forks. They swam in during the high water this spring and stayed too long.

Park manager Gladwin Lynne say two of the last three big floods they have had to help stranded fish, mostly cats.

"And this year we have minnows. It's the first year I've noticed minnows being trapped," Lynne said.

Birds now make a meal off of the thousands of minnows in pools with dead catfish.

"The ospreys are passing through. I think they took a couple catfish too I noticed one day," Lynne said.

Lynne says after the water goes down far enough, they're able to get at about a couple dozen catfish with nets.

DNR fisheries manager Jim Wolters says those fish that don't make it out of land-locked pools such as those in the park don't affect fish population or catch rates. He says big floods actually help fish numbers, because they can freely move above such things as dams.

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