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Dead Fish Wash Up In Lake St. Clair
State Tests Dead Fish

POSTED: Tuesday, June 9, 2009
UPDATED: 8:41 pm EDT June 9, 2009

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -- State wildlife experts are puzzled as to why thousands of dead fish are drifting ashore in St. Clair Shores.

In the past week, residents along 11 Mile to 7 Mile roads have found thousands of dead and rotten fish including, small mouth bass, muskie, walleye, perch and bass floating in their boat wells.

"I've spent all this morning cleaning this well out before we put our boat out," said resident Bruce Terwillger.

Fish Mysteriously Dying In Lake St. Clair

Officials from Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and biologists removed fish - both live and dead - from Lake St. Clair and sent them to a laboratory in Lansing for testing.

However, most of the fish are too decomposed to provide clues. The test results will not be back for six to eight weeks.

The fish apparently died in the lake and were pushed to the shore by easterly winds. The direction is now reversed and fish are blowing back out.

DNR Fish Research Biologist Bob Haas told Local 4 the fish showed no signs of an outward disease.

Lake St. Clair has seen its share of fish kills. In 2006, thousands of fish died from viral hemorrhagic septicemia, which is a disease that is comparable to the Ebola virus for fish.

In 2000, state officials attributed two large fish kills to the chlorine that was used in a wastewater treatment plant.

However, officials said the dead fish are not displaying similar qualities to the fish that died from VHS, and the water quality this year is excellent.

"One of the problems might be that the fish like small mouth bass are so abundant that they actually are in close enough contact that the disease can spread easily," said Haas.

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However, officials said the dead fish are not displaying similar qualities to the fish that died from VHS, and the water quality this year is excellent.

so theres no disease.

"One of the problems might be that the fish like small mouth bass are so abundant that they actually are in close enough contact that the disease can spread easily," said Haas.

so there is a disease?


yeah its reports like this that stir up rumors and BS.
 

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Every year a thread is made about this. And every year I dont think one real "for sure" answer as to why they die is revealed.
 

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The fish flies cleaned the water too much. The fish are more use to dirty water.
 

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QUOTE(Tig's Toy @ Jun 10 2009, 09:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The fish flies cleaned the water too much. The fish are more use to dirty water.



Yesterday I was driving around with students in the driver ed car and we were at a stop sign. Some guy was cutting his grass and had about 10 fishflies on his back... fishfly season is here!
 

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It may be linked to a new disease discovered in Virginia. Tests results from Michigan State University are not back yet.

There will be more posted in the Fishing forum by MDNR Biologist Mike Thomas as soon as more is known.

All we can do is wait and pray for westerly winds to wash carcasses out in the lake.
 

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All I know is there were a couple near my boat and it stunk to High Heaven
 

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QUOTE(Stodge @ Jun 11 2009, 08:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I saw 1 in poorman's 2 weeks ago, and had one next to the boat.

Seen lots more dead fish flies in the water.
And that means the house flies will soon be joining us on the water. View attachment 62374
 
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