Lol okay seriously: VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus) is a contagious aquatic virus that causes fish’s blood vessels to leak. No bueno.
Has caused deaths in 30+ fish species in the Great Lakes region, but new studies have shown “that the virus in WI can be found further inland and in more bodies of water than previously known.”
4. WY: Not all mussels are created equal.
With all the talk about invasive zebra and quagga mussels, just remember that not all mussels are bad:
> …the invasive species from eastern Europe feared and reviled in the U.S. due to their tendency to clog waterways, ruin water treatment plants and strip nutrients from entire ecosystems.
> …native mussels aren’t those mussels. As critical as it is for zebra and quagga mussels to stay out of WY waters, it’s equally important that native mussels stay in them.
> “They basically vacuum the water in streams. They suck in water through one syphon, clean it up, and that’s what they eat, and put clean water back. If mussels are abundant, they can clean more water than what comes down the stream.”
WY has 7 different native mussels, and they have some very peculiar names like:
- Fatmucket mussel
- Plain pocketbook
- Giant floater
- White heelsplitter
Swear I didn’t may any of those up!
5. CO lake drained to remove northern pike.
Mack Mesa Reservoir. Will be slowly draining over the next few weeks which should allow them to “remove other species of fish for transfer to Highline Lake.”
6. Ever heard of a “Montana rig” before?
This one’s made by JB Lures: