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There's something fishy in Minneapolis lakes

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Minneapolis lakes are experiencing something fishy – apparently, there's something in the water.

Rising temperatures bring out the boats, runners and walkers, but the warm weather also seems to bring out the bad odors around area lakes.

Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis are giving off a stink that can almost gag a passerby – so what's the consensus? Dead fish.

Every year as it warms up, it's not uncommon to for dead fish to move with the wind and end up right along the shore line.

"It will happen because the temperatures of the waters rise pretty rapidly and that's hard on the fish, some of them have just finished spawning, they're under stress so they're more susceptible to disease," Deb Pilger of Minneapolis Parks Board said.

However, this year's "fish kill" is a bit different, and it has the parks department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources taking a closer look at the situation.

Instead of one species being affected this year, it's several, including sunfish, crappie and walleye.

"That's when we start to wonder if there's more than one disease affecting them and, is it more than just a normal fish kill?" Pilger said.

However, Pilger said that despite the dead fish, everyone should know the lakes are safe -- just hold your nose.

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