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Muskie disease causes concern


Lake St. Clair is a world-renowned muskellunge hot spot whose prolific fishery is being challenged by a new disease.

Conditions in the lake are perfect for muskie. Shallow water and zebra-mussel infestation allow sunlight to reach the bottom, encouraging weed growth, prey fish, and abundant numbers of large muskie. Many of the fish caught are upwards of 44 inches, and some are of world-record size.

The opportunity to find a 40-pound fish dancing at the end of a line attracts millions of tourism dollars.

But in 2002, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources diagnosed a disease, piscirickettsia, or muskie pox, in several fish. It has since been discovered to be fairly widespread, said Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager.    more..


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