The hot, dry summer is even a problem for fish. Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, describes the problem: “The temperature rises, the water doesn’t carry as much oxygen, it stresses the fish out and can cause summer fish kills, and we’re starting to see that in many areas, in farm ponds, shallow lakes, and it’s a concern for us,” he said

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Several kills have been reported around Newton and Carmi, and on LaSalle Lake near Seneca. The largest fish kill so far has been on the Fox River from Aurora to Yorkville, but Miller says there will be more if there isn’t some rainfall soon, and the forecast says there is unlikely to be.

Miller says water volumes are down about 5 percent from normal. For now, anglers can still fish, and all regular fishing regulations are in effect. An open burning ban is in effect in state parks because of the drought.

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