Lake St. Clair Fishing Forum banner
1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -- The mystery as to why thousands of fish are dying in Lake St. Clair has been solved.

Preliminary tests on the fish found dead along 7 Mile to 11 Mile roads in St. Clair Sores indicates the fish died from a common bacteria known as flavobacterium colimnare infection, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Several thousand of dead and rotten fish including, small mouth bass, muskie, walleye, perch and bass have been tuning up in resident's boat wells.

The bacteria causes death when fish are stressed during the spawning season, said DNR Fish Production Manager Gary Whelan.

Whelan added that the fish kill is not a public health concern.

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.

Link:http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19780616/detail.html
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,541 Posts
I wonder if this will take away the CIR bass season since it has proven to kill spawning fish... hope not, had a blast out there! Thanks for the update, i was just thinking of this topic earlier.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
489 Posts
Does anyone know if Mike Thomas has any input to this article? How many fish were lost? What is the impact on the fishery. I would think anytime you lose 'thousands' of bass in a lake you are going to see an impact in the immediate fishing and possibly for many years to come. I can't believe this post has only 4 replies......Is there another thread on this that I missed?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
179 Posts
this is exactly why there should be no catch and release season. the fish are not affected by this bacteria as much if they are not stressed out. the continuous catching of fish while on their beds stresses the hell out of them and then they are more succeptible to this deadly bacteria. i used to fish for them before the season opened just like everybody else but no longer do it. is it fun sure, but it isn't a challenge and you really don't learn anything while doing it. i firmly believe that the early c and r is having an ill effect on the fish. just my 2Cs worth.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,671 Posts
QUOTE(castforcash @ Jun 27 2009, 01:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>this is exactly why there should be no catch and release season. the fish are not affected by this bacteria as much if they are not stressed out. the continuous catching of fish while on their beds stresses the hell out of them and then they are more succeptible to this deadly bacteria. i used to fish for them before the season opened just like everybody else but no longer do it. is it fun sure, but it isn't a challenge and you really don't learn anything while doing it. i firmly believe that the early c and r is having an ill effect on the fish. just my 2Cs worth.

I agree, you have all of these guys saying that most states don't have closed seasons,,,,and I say "Yep you are right and their fishing sucks".......We have people coming from all over the country now to have 100 fish days on LSC....It is fun no doubt, but I wonder if we aren't going to pay a price for all of those releases really soon...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,622 Posts
As long as seasons are open and you can fish your going to catch bass no matter what. YOU CAN'T KEEP THE OFF.

The only way is to shut the lake down and that won't happen.

Water temps stayed cold longer than normal this year. We have gone through this before even on closed seasons. It's happened before and it will happen again. Nature has her ways.

h2o
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28,072 Posts
QUOTE(Get_The_Net @ Jun 26 2009, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does anyone know if Mike Thomas has any input to this article? How many fish were lost? What is the impact on the fishery. I would think anytime you lose 'thousands' of bass in a lake you are going to see an impact in the immediate fishing and possibly for many years to come. I can't believe this post has only 4 replies......Is there another thread on this that I missed?

Here is the other thread:
http://www.lakestclair.net/forums/index.ph...mp;hl=dead+fish
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
735 Posts
QUOTE(Get_The_Net @ Jun 26 2009, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does anyone know if Mike Thomas has any input to this article? How many fish were lost? What is the impact on the fishery. I would think anytime you lose 'thousands' of bass in a lake you are going to see an impact in the immediate fishing and possibly for many years to come. I can't believe this post has only 4 replies......Is there another thread on this that I missed?

yep this is the third thread I have seen about this
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,881 Posts
I read somewhere that one of the factors for this happening on such a large scale was because the population is so high. It allowed for the disease to spread more and at a quicker rate. If thats true, then this is something that happens in nature all the time, its all a system of checks and balances.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
49 Posts
i agree with pelican. it is what it is. i fish alot of lakes and the open and close bass season wouldnt change that much if it was open all year. if that was the case then all the other lakes would be just as good bass fishing as is lsc. peps would come fish all our lakes not just lsc. some of the biggest fish caught are from lakes with no closings.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top