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Old 05-24-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Fished under rocky fork lake for a little bit the other evening and there were hundreds of dead fish.....all white bass. Since they were all one species I assume its a virus of some sort. Any one heard anything?

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Old 05-24-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Fished under rocky fork?
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:35 PM   #3
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Sorry...rocky fork creek. The creek that leaves the lake over the dam. We were in kayaks fishing.

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Old 05-24-2013, 10:59 PM   #4
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Columnaris is a bacteria often responsible for white bass kills, but tends follow extreme heat or other stress. And most other diseases are the same way. This time of year is usually not hard on the fish.

VHS (spring kill disease) is spreading across the country and does affect white bass. But I'm hoping it has not made it to our lakes.



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Fished there yesterday and odnr has had a boat out investigating the situation. I couldn't believe how many dead fish there were. The only thing the odnr guys said is that its mostly the white bass being affected but they have found a few largemouth and channels dead too.
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http://timesgazette.com/index.asp Here is your answer...
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How would sediment kill the fish, deprive from oxygen ? . I did notice last couple weeks we fished the spawn there, there were several creek floorings and the main feeder would swell and turn a chocolate color for several days. But I have seen this happen several times there over last few years, must have happened at just the right moment I guess to cause this. To bad but if its no worse then the crappie kill at Paint Creek lake last fall I was catching limits of them in November there so maybe it looks worse then it is, I hope.
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Fish do not breath the oxygen that is part of the water bond H2O. They breath the oxygen that is dissolved into the water and is loosely held there by weak bonds and atmospheric pressure. Minerals in sediment take the place of this oxygen in water. Or something like that

But this still doesn't make sense to me. If it were just stress+O2 levels then any stressed fish should have died. The white bass were the only stressed fish in the lake and all those fish were at the peak of their spawning stress? No other fish in the lake are spawning right now or just came off spawn? I have had to explain a few fish kills in my day and that sounds like a pretty generic answer.

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Well, it's about time this comes into play.
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http://timesgazette.com/index.asp Here is your answer...
I liked this bit, "If it's something ther than natural causes, we probably couldn't say anything because it would still be a pending investigation."

It sounds so much like the cops in their press releases, "That investigation is still ongoing, we never release information about an investigation that is underway."

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