According to a report in Today's News-Herald out of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Arizona Game and Fish Department officials have confirmed the presence of largemouth bass virus in Lake Pleasant after processing routine test samples obtained in October.
The virus can affect bass, but doesn't pose a danger to humans or pets.
“Largemouth bass virus is not known to infect any warm-blooded animals and any fish caught by anglers are safe to eat,” said Marc Dahlberg, AZGFD water quality program manager in a prepared statement. “However, we always recommend that people thoroughly cook any fish they intend to eat, and never use fish found dead or dying for food.”
To date, no fish kills associated with the virus have been documented by AZGFD. Fishing remains productive with no recreational impacts. Lake Pleasant is the top fishing recreation site in Arizona with at least 520,000 angler use days.
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