Fishy mystery – Oakville man surprised to find fish in his yard

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OAKVILLE, MO (KPLR) - There is something fishy going on in south St. Louis County.

“It smells like dead fish out here,” said John Telker, a homeowner on Langwood Court in Oakville.

Ever since Tuesday’s storm, Telker said he’s found the remains of small fish in his yard.

“It seems to be primarily concentrated to the front of the house because (while) cutting the grass I did not find any in the backyard,” he said.

Telker also has several clumps of fish on the roof of house and on the roof of his camper. Flying fish also rained down on his next door neighbor’s yard.

“There were fish all over the driveway, little fingerling fish,” said Al Hellwig.

“I thought it was a joke, but I guess if you think about, it maybe some tornado-type wind picked them up out of a pond somewhere and deposited them here.”

Langwood Court is just a few miles from the Mississippi and Meramec rivers, and about a half mile from a pond.

Fox 2 News took samples to the Missouri Department of Conservation, and after fishing for clues, a biologist there declared them Gizzard Shad.

“They are a common fish in the river so it is not an unusual fish, it’s just an unusual circumstance,” said Conservation Agent Dan Zarlenga.

The exact cause behind the fish appearing on the men's lawns remains a mystery.