Nick Trageser, Recreational Angler
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Posted on May 14, 2014 | Permalink
Good Day Even in the Rain
Location: Loch Raven
Despite the rain on Tuesday 4/29/14 I headed out to Loch Raven for a few hours of fishing and as usual I was not disappointed. I arrived around 9 am and within ten minutes of being there I hooked a 17 inch largemouth, my biggest fish of the year. I also caught 3 Gizzard Shad. All of these fish were caught on a crankbait and safely released to swim another day. The weather my not have been enjoyable on this day but the fishing definitely was.
In the picture of the largemouth you can see that there is a circular area where the fish's scales are missing. I have seen this on other largemouths before and was wondering if you could explain the cause of this?
DNR Response: That looks like a lesion and can develop for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is that the skin and scales become worn away because of handling or because the fish gets nipped at by a bird or other predator. In either case, the skin and scales can be damaged. That can open the fish up to bacterial infections. Those infections and sores often heal in time and the fish does fine. But until the sores heal, the fish may require a little more TLC than usual before being released.