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So at one of my lakes, a good number of the bigger fish have this nasty fungus or rot on their jaw. Many of them are in the exact same place. I have caught at least 15 fish over 5 here that have this. Upon comparing their lateral line markings none of them appear to be the same fish. What do you guys think causes this?

Very typical of what I find

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You can clearly see where this fish used to have it and it has healed.

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....sombody is taking strippers fishing with them, and their kissing them before release.

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Or maybe its cause I kiss the big ones before I let them go, and they make little stid babies ;D

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THATS IT! I have thrown hundreds and hundreds of dips into that lake! Good call Tin! Guess I'll start using a spitter when I'm on the boat from now on.

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Hey; Are all those taken in and around the spawn? Could that be caused by nest clearing?

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Could be. But all in the same place? Just weird. None of those were from during the spawn, but all were from march-july

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My guess is that maybe some of these fish got mouth injuries (rooting out crawfish in rocky areas, hook injuries etc.) somehow during a fast warming water period. Bloody tail injuries like you see on bass during the spawning season are rarely caused by nest building. It's just a myth we fishermen have created. With fish being cold blooded the capillaries carrying the blood often burst in the tail area from extra blood flow during periods of fast rising water temps like you typically have during the spawning season. So, It would be my guess that if there was an injury in the mouth area there could also be some bursting of capillaries in the injured area and is why you see this in the March- July time frame as the water warms. Just a guess on my part with a little bit of fish science thrown in. But really I have no idea other than the tail thing being true. :)

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I did not know that about the capillaries. It really looks like some kind of fungus. Very similar to the fungi problems you see in aquariums. Just kind of ... "feathery" looking. But it would seem that they would have to have the injury first, so that the fungus, if that is what it is, had a damaged area to get ahold of. I have never seen the feathery crap on otherwise healthy looking areas. If it was more random, in location, it wouldnt seem so baffling to me. But it is almost always on the lower jaw and more often than not, on the right side

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Its a fugus Jay.  Ive seen this thing before.  I used to fish a lake where the bass had this same sort of thing on their gill plate, and it was circular in shape.  Sometimes on one, sometimes on both.  It bugged the snot out of me, and nobody within the fisheries community could tell me what it was.  Im not a disease or infection person, so I didnt know what it was and really didnt do my research into it.  I even posted photos on a fisheries disease forum and nobody could tell me what it was other than some sort of fungus.  These sorts of things are just an odd thing that goes on every now and then.  Ill post a photo of these fish as soon as I can find them.  Has nothing to do with hooking or foraging.

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Hey Jay; Maybe they were feeding on CHEESY POOFS!

Seriously: I tried looking it up and searched of PDF documents by fish and game depts. on the subject have a lot of info of fungus infections following stocked fish, and how to prevent this. Some of the diseases like LMBv can be deadly the other fungus types seemed not to be fatal. The info was way to detailed and scientific for me, but its out there

Dominick

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Most fungal growths are triggered from a ph change in aquariums, wonder if it applies in the wild.  In aquariums, it goes for the fins and eyes first.

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I caught some largemouth in my canal last Spring, with similar spots on their jaw and gills, one actually had another spot on the dorsal. All were otherwise very healthy fish.

Same thing here, nobody had any answers.

Falcon

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Its a fugus Jay. Ive seen this thing before. I used to fish a lake where the bass had this same sort of thing on their gill plate, and it was circular in shape. Sometimes on one, sometimes on both. It bugged the snot out of me, and nobody within the fisheries community could tell me what it was. Im not a disease or infection person, so I didnt know what it was and really didnt do my research into it. I even posted photos on a fisheries disease forum and nobody could tell me what it was other than some sort of fungus. These sorts of things are just an odd thing that goes on every now and then. Ill post a photo of these fish as soon as I can find them. Has nothing to do with hooking or foraging.

Well that answers that then. What the hell have you been up to stranger?

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