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Golden Alga Fish Kill Sites

Aerial photograph of discolored foaming water
Aerial photograph of bloom in Lake Possum Kingdom in January 2001 shows water color during bloom conditions.

discolored water near shore
Example of water color during golden alga bloom. Lake Possum Kingdom January 2001.

expanse of dead fish
Fish kill at Jackson Bend, Lake Granbury, 2003
Used with permission, photo by Gary Turner of Brazos River Authority

dead fish floating on water
More of the Jackson Bend Fish Kill
Used with with permission, photo by Gary Turner of Brazos River Authority

looking down into olden water
Golden water

Golden water
Golden water

golden water with ice on emergent vegetation
Ice and golden water

Partially eaten crappie
Partially eaten crappie indicates feeding on dead fish by other wildlife.

foaming water along shoreline
Foam is characteristic of golden alga bloom when water is agitated.

More foam
More foam

foam up close
Close-up view of characteristic foam

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Take Action
  • Report Kills - If you see a fish kill or suspect golden alga, contact TPWD's 24-hour communications centers at 512-389-4848 (Austin).
  • Get the Facts - TPWD has collaborated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other entities to produce a golden alga information card. Download a PDF from the TCEQ website or request a free hard copy from TPWD at