Posted by Kerry Grissett on July 29, 2003 at 22:51:06:
In Reply to: Sores ? posted by Van on July 25, 2003 at 10:30:41:
I have done a lot more bass fishing this summer than I usually do, although most of it has been from the bank.
The major thing I have noticed with the bass I have been catching is not only the red sores (not eustrongylides), but mainly the anemic look of the bass. I caught one that was about 2.5 pounds, but judging by his head and total length should have been easily over 4 pounds, maybe more, if it had been healthy. I have caught many more smaller bass with the same condition. Very few bass that I have caught could be called healthy fish.
Even with the bass I have caught that look to be in better shape, they do not have a filled out, healthy look about them with very, very few exceptions.
I don't know if this is the LMB virus, but there is definitely a problem at least with the health of the bass on Wheeler. Given the lousy crappie and bream season I had over the previous year, I am curious to see if some sort of connection is made between the problems with the health of the bass and other fishes on Wheeler.
I have read, second hand, that the state biologists say the LMB virus problem on Wheeler is subsiding, but I haven't read anything directly from any freshwater biologist even attempting to explain the problems that I and many other fishermen have seen and continue to see on Wheeler.
Good luck and good fishin'
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