Largemouth bass virus found in more northern Michigan lakes

Largemouth bass virus has been found in two more northern Michigan lakes. Samples from Beaver Lake in Alpena County and Avalon Lake in Montmorency County have tested positive. This follows a recent discovery of the disease in Cedar Lake in Iosco County. Both Beaver Lake and Cedar Lake have now seen fish kills related to LMBV.

Largemouth bass virus was first detected in the northern Lower Peninsula last year. It was the first time the virus had killed fish in the state since 2003, when it was present in southern Michigan lakes. Gary Whelan, a program manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, says the disease was likely introduced when somebody moved live fish.

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