In a recent tournament held out of La Crosse, WI on the Mississippi River, there was an unusually large delayed mortality from the tournament fish. It is unclear from the stories that I have read on excatly how the fish were handled and if there were any other factors that could have magnified the problem.
The main thing, is not to jump to conlcusions until we get all the facts. A similar study was conducted last year and the way the fish were held for the study was thought to have created eronious results. My early thoughts is that these largemouth bass, many of them probably carrying the LMBV, were over stressed in combination of the tournament proccess and the holding of them in areas with improper current flow.
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