walleye
by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Animals.
Photo: Flickr via HuntFishGuide

The total spontaneous fish death count has risen in shocking numbers over the past few years — and now, we’re adding to it once again.

Thousands of walleye fish in Lake Erie have been washing up along the western shore, becoming a problem for anglers, as well as the towns located along the shore who use the fish to sell/eat.

According to the American Sportfishing Association, fishing brings in close to $500 million in spending for equipment, food, fuel and hotels.

The cause? It seems to be the cold, stormy spring that has altered the natural environment of the fish, as well as its spawning activity.

The only “good” news is that the deaths of these fish aren’t harming those who actually consume it, just those looking to buy fresh fish.