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SPOTS ON FISH
by Steve White,
There has been some
discussion about black spots on area fish. I have also
gotten several e-mails on this as well. Not knowing the
big scoop on it, set out to find all the info on it. So
here it is.
After talking to our area
fish supervisor and doing some net searching found out
some interesting stuff.
The black spots are called
Neascus. They are a type of tapeworm found in all fish
world wide. Infection cycles can come and go in lakes.
The black spots are a result of white blood cells
migrating to the area of infection encapsulating the
parasite. The cycle consists of snails, fish , and fish
eating birds mostly the blue heron. The heron eats the
fish were the parasites hatch their eggs within the
intestines and are defecated into the water. They then
seek out snails were they mature and enter the water
attaching to fish completing the cycle. As we have said,
these are not infectious to humans. Even if we were to
eat the fish raw they cannot infect humans. proper
cooking of the meat destroys them completely. This is
also the case for the little white parasite that is
sometimes found in the meat.
What we can see is what
tends to gross us out, and makes us think the fish are
bad to eat. It is actually the stuff we cannot see that
can, and will harm us if consumed the wrong way. Kinda
of like the way eating old sushi makes us sick.
We are all now a little
more educated, and can fish our lakes without these
The 2006 World
Championship Musky Classic is in the books.
Click here for complete information.
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The 2006 Turtle Flambeau Flowage Walleye Tournament is in
for more info and photos.
7-16-06 Jim Cheshire's 29" Walleye
caught off a rock bar in 30' of water on an 1/8 oz jig and
crawler. The fish fought for 10 minutes before it came
into view. With a 95 degree air temperature, it was
finally exhausted once it hit the surface and was not able to be
ICE WARNING!! Here is the
corrected link for the ice safety video!!
Salmon, Kings, Coho are others, are hitting in
southeastern Wisconsin on the big water of Lake Michigan
at the mouths of many rivers and harbors. Go to
individual guide reports and the FORUM to find out more.
Jimmy and Dennis drove from the northwoods to where the
salmon were hitting and had good success.
2005 WCMC Winners
10, & 11, 2005
29th Annual WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MUSKY CLASSIC is in the books and was a tremendous
success. For more info and pictures, go to
Swinsky and Kurt Stegemiller show off one of the
numerous fish they caught during the Discovery Center's
Fishermentor Day on Wednesday, July 27th.in Manitowish
Waters. Justin and Kurt caught a bevy of Bluegill,
Crappie, and Perch on Clear Lake, a part of the
Click here for more photos of the participants and
the following fish fry. The program is sponsored
by Team Retreat of Presque Isle and is set up to provide
youth, ages 7 - 13, an opportunity to learn from an
experienced guide or fisherman.
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