Tench, perch, carp, roach, rudd and pike were all victims of the incident.
Waterway wiped out as tens of thousands of fish die following canal-side blaze.
Over 50,000 fish are estimated to have been killed following a fire on a popular stretch of midlands canal.
Pollution that leaked into the Birmingham Mainline canal before moving though the Wyrley and Essington canal after a warehouse blaze saw over several miles of waterway between Wolverhampton and Wednesbury affected.
Acting quickly, the Environment Agency and British Waterways did manage to save an estimate 22,000 fish, however, with eyewitnesses reporting thousands upon thousands of perch, roach, pike, rudd, tench and carp having perished, the future for the stretch of canal looks bleak.
“I actually watched the firebrigade putting out the fire that caused the damage,” Lee Woodhouse who runs fishing on a section of canal polluted by the incident told Match Fishing. “The EA were on the case very quickly checking oxygen levels, but initially there wasn’t a problem. But them bacteria started to break down the pollutants and used up all the oxygen causing fish to die.
“With the lock system in the area the pollution moved down the canal in one direction and you could see the fish moving ahead of it. The trouble was that the canal network round here has lot of arms used for industry and when the fish went in them they got trapped and died in their thousands.
“It’s a horrible thing to have hit the canal, but a similar thing happened in 2003 and within two years the fish had bounced back and the fishing was better than it had ever been. Hopefully that will happen in this case too, but until then I think sport will be very bad on the stretch.
“One thing I would like to say is how good the EA and British Waterways were. I cannot fault how they dealt with the situation,” added Lee.
A spokesperson for the EA confirmed that the incident had claimed the lives of a considerable number of fish but that over 4000kg of fish had been rescued and moved to a safe location.
“The pollution, which was mainly detergent, caused oxygen levels in the stretch of canal to crash extremely quickly causing fish to die,” said the spokesperson. “We aerated the water as well as pumped contaminated water from the canal to the foul sewer, work on the canal will continue and we are already seeing some positive signs of recovery.”