This Largemouth Bass was photographed
at Lake of the Ozarks. 6/2008
According to Nate Herman of
Herman Brothers Pond
Management - "It is covered with a fungus called Saprolegnia.
It is a secondary invader of a fish that has been attacked by
This fish is a perfect example of
why it is so important to handle a fish with care that you plan
This condition can be caused due
to the stress of spawning, injury, loss of protective slime
or from sitting in a hot livewell all day long and then released
at the end of a tournament after it has been caught and flopped
on the measuring stick, bounced around on the deck of the boat
a bit, handled, touched with dry hands, photographed, weighed
and then hauled all the way back down to the lake in a bag (you
get the point by now).