Poisonous plant taking over Pennsylvania – Tonight on FOX43 News At Ten
Due to World Cup, U.S. Open coverage, changes made to FOX43, Antenna TV broadcasting schedules

Dead fish popping up in Harrisburg’s Italian Lake

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HARRISBURG (WPMT) — Hundreds of dead fish have been found floating along the surface of Italian Lake, and city officials are unsure how they got there.

The fish are American Shad, a species which live in lakes. Italian Lake is a pond, and the fish were unable to adapt to the conditions.

“This kind of fish can’t survive in a pond like Italian Lake,” Aaron Johnson, Harrisburg’s Director of Public Works, said in a statement. “I’m not sure who put then in or when.”

Over the weekend, city crews began to remove approximately 200 to 300 dead fish. As of Monday afternoon, some still remained. They apparently died after Italian Lake froze during the winter.

Harrisburg officials will begin their annual cleaning and treatment of Italian Lake on Monday. The city says they will continue to remove the fish during that time.