Thousands of dead fish have popped up in and around Cherokee Dam lately, and wildlife officials say it all has to do with the cold weather.

TWRA said thousands of dead threadfin shad have been found along a four mile stretch of Holston River.

TWRA spokesperson Matt Cameron said the fish does not handle cold weather well. He said once the water temperature gets to about 40 degrees, the threadfin shad has a hard time surviving.

But, Cameron said the massive fish kill at Cherokee Dam is nothing to be alarmed about. He said it happens every two to three years and they have seen similar incidents at other reservoirs.

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