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I caught this guy a few months ago in some really slow almost stagnant water. It was the worst looking fish I have ever seen!!! Near the tail there were open sores where you could see the muscle and tissue, really disgusting! I did some research on the web trying to identify the cause without much luck. I have seen fish with this before but never to this degree!!! If I remember right it was post spawn and there was a minor drought. Infection brought on by exhaustion/injury and slow water with high levels of Phosphates??

 

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Sometimes people pay me to be a scientist, but I'm no pathologist and I can only guess. What I would gues is that fish looks like it has Columnaris to me. That's a disease that hits hard when the temperatures get hot. When hatcheries get it, everything dies. This rock bass seems bloodier than a typical fungus infection would make it.

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