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Old 02-09-2008, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Was in Cheesman Canyon today and caught a rainbow that had several gill lice (maggots) attached to its gills. Exactly the same thing as what is wiping out the Kokes. I don't think I've ever noticed gill lice in any trout I've caught out here before. Anyone else seeing them on trout gills?
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ugh! That's not good.......
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How much longer till that crap gets to Chatty? That sucks!
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And what is the DOW not telling us??
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Holy smokes!! Not good, not good at all.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's scary stuff. just imagine the whole south platte drainage with no trout or salmon.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, from what I can gather from various fish pathology information and other sites, the lice (Salmincola californiensis) occurs naturally at varying levels in freshwater ecosystems. A few lice in the gills is not necessarily tragic to trout. When they reach very high densities it can become an issue. It's more dangerous and common with schooling fish like Kokanee which is why they are having major issues. I believe there are several rivers in the state where the lice have been observed by DOW staff on trout in the past (Arkansas and Rio Grande are a couple). I'm not saying that this is impending doom...just kind of wondering if anybody else is seeing it on trout and if it is actually becoming more common.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hmmm......concerning to say the least. I thought I heard trout aren't nearly as at risk as Kokes and can pretty much survive them. Let's hope so.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm a bit concerned with relation to the entire eco-system. I know they've been found at Green Mountain in the kokes - from what I've seen, it sounds like we are doomed to 12 - 14 inch Lake Trout for a long time there (since there aren't any healthy kokes for the lake trout to eat). I hope it doesn't spread to Williams Fork, Granby, Grand Lake, Blue Mesa, etc.

This could be just as bad as the whirling disease fiasco a few years ago. It's kind of like the Antero fish kill going on...maybe it's time to take advantage of certain areas while we can?
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Did you report it to DOW?
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