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Is VHS back ???
April 26, 2017
5:42 pm
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Matt Lysek
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Looks like VHS has come back ,So far hitting St Claire ,Detroit river. Reports and pics of many floaters this year .Cry

April 26, 2017
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Saw a post on Facebook showing 8 fish dead on the bank of st claire. Not good!

April 26, 2017
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VHS never left. Its always been present.  fish that initially survived developed a strengthened immune system I'm sure, but those fish become lifelong carriers of the disease. The great lakes system is not the healthiest of fisheries although it supports a great ecosystem. The spawn leaves the fish in a weakened state and milk/eggs released from carriers of the disease can effect other fish in the system. the majority of the fish which are being found are smaller/younger fish which were probably not exposed to the disease in the correct set of conditions. the larger fish may very well be transient fish from other locations in the great lakes system. The die-off looks bad because of the sheer number of muskies present in LSC. Many thought that the initial die off caused by VHS was the end, but the fish that did survive ended up improving the genetics of the great lakes strain. short term loss, long term gain IMO.

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April 26, 2017
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Lenny's summary is about right.  

A further read in the Detroit Press:

http://www.freep.com/story/spo.....100779032/

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