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Drought takes toll on Mississippi River boaters, fisherman

Mississippi, USA

May 13, 2007
Drought conditions have left many boat ramps, and fishermen, high and dry along the Mississippi River. Fishermen can now walk to areas that once were under 3 to 4 feet underwater. All four flood-control reservoirs in Mississippi have been far below normal pool. At Arkabutla Lake, less than 30 minutes south of the Tennessee state line in Mississippi, levels were 2.5 feet below normal levels. Last week thousands of male crappie were found floating on Sardis and Enid Lakes in Mississippi. Extremely low water levels and aggressive competition over spawning sites may have led to the high fish mortality.

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