Posted by Kerry Grissett on October 11, 2002 at 17:36:31:
In Reply to: worms in crappie posted by crappie lips on October 11, 2002 at 15:50:16:
These are larval nematodes (parasites) and can be present in the fish any time of year.
For the most part they are not a threat to humans as long as the fish are cooked thoroughly, but I recommend cutting them out of the meat when fileting or otherwise cleaning the fish. They are easy to spot as a small red cyst in the meat. If the fish are kept alive and/or cold (on ice) until cleaning the worms should not break out of their little cyst like lesion.
I have heard that they taste bad if you bite into one in a cooked piece of fish, but have never tried this to verify. (grin)
For more information do a search on www.google.com for the word eustrongylides. You can also use the NAFF site search engine and search for the same word to see older messages on this subject.
Good luck and good fishin'
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