Largemouth Bass Virus Found in Two More Northern Michigan Lakes
The Largemouth bass virus has been found in two additional lakes right here in Northern Michigan.
Initially, the virus was found this past October in Iosco County’s Cedar Lake.
This time, it was found in smallmouth bass in Alpena County’s Beaver Lake and in Montmorency County’s Avalon Lake.
According to the DNR, these latest discoveries indicate the virus is spreading northward in Michigan.
Before this fall, the virus affected adult largemouth bass in the early 2000s in southern Michigan lakes.
The virus has since been found in other species including smallmouth bass, bluegill and black crappie.
The disease’s origins are unknown, but fishing is considered to be a likely transmission path.
The DNR urges anglers to clean their equipment and do your part to prevent the spread.