Late last week, many dead whitefish began showing up in the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley, south of Livingston, MT.
Here is the link to an article about this that was in the Bozeman newspaper:
I am located about 4 miles farther south, and up the river from the where these dead whitefish were first found, and on Saturday, and again yesterday, I also saw large numbers of dead whitefish in the river here as well, so I don't know how many miles of river are effected at this point. It's about 10 miles of river that I know of, and probably more.
So far, it appears that only whitefish are being killed, and not trout. I haven't heard whether the MT Fish and Wildlife biologists have determined the cause of the kill at this point, but there is some speculation that it may be due to a bacterial infection of some kind.
Whatever it is, I am very saddened by this.
The Yellowstone's water level here this summer is exceptionally low, and quite warm. The same is true of most other rivers here in SW MT. Notwithstanding, I continue to see hundreds of fishermen, and an equal number of recreational boaters and floaters, going by my place on the river every day. I'm afraid that we are loving our rivers to death.