Heads up, Michigan anglers: The state’s Division of Pure Sources (DNR) introduced Monday the largemouth bass virus has been confirmed in a lake within the state’s northern Decrease Peninsula.
The Michigan DNR stated in a press release the virus “has been confirmed as a consider a fish kill in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Losco counties,” noting it’s additionally analyzing different lakes within the space. There is no such thing as a remedy for contaminated fish and the virus can’t be wiped from affected waters.
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The instances in Cedar Lake and Losco counties come after the grownup largemouth bass inhabitants in southern Michigan waters was impacted by the virus within the early 2000s, wildlife officers stated.
The largemouth bass virus “is considered one of greater than 100 naturally occurring viruses that have an effect on fish and is intently associated to viruses present in frogs and different amphibians,” the Michigan DNR stated. Fishermen have been recognized to unfold the virus when transferring dwell, contaminated fish from one physique of water to a different or by utilizing tainted fishing gear or boats in water that has not but been contaminated by the virus.
Whereas the virus can exist in lakes and never trigger any fish deaths, fish mortalities usually happen throughout “intervals when fish are most burdened,” the DNR stated, citing excessive warmth and “intensive leisure fishing” as potential stressors for fish. Fish affected by the virus could swim slowly and usually have bladders which are bloated and a yellow shade. There usually are not many different outward indicators the creatures have been contaminated.
People can nonetheless eat fish contaminated with the largemouth bass virus “so long as the fish is totally cooked,” the company stated.
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One of the simplest ways to forestall the virus is by cleansing fishing tools after use, not transferring “fish or fish components from one physique of water to a different” and dealing with bass “gently” when releasing them, the DNR steered.
You possibly can report any lifeless or dying grownup largemouth bass right here.
The Related Press contributed to this report.