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Traveling Circus

Walleye Parasite ???

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We got some Erie eyes this past weekend that had small (1/8" - 1/2"),  whiteish/clear, wormlike (or leechlike) parasites attached to both sides of the tail, and behind each pectoral and pelvic fins..... The fish appeared healthy otherwise, and the flesh was normal. Some of the fish had as many as 100 of these hitchhikers............Any Ideas on what they were?

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We did Erie also yesterday, but luckily none of our fish had what you described.

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Sea lice.


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Sorry to scare anyone on western Ontario or the St. Lawrence but I saw these on a Walleye we caught on a charter near Ogdensburg this past weekend. I pointed them out to the captain and he said he hadn't seen them before. The only reason I thought to even look for them was because of this thread (and I told him as much....that they'd been reported out of Erie). I wonder how far and wide the problem is. If I ever get a keeper this year on Irondequoit Bay, I'll certainly look for them there as well.

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