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Largemouth Bass Virus

Updated on October 21, 2010

Largemouth Bass

What is Largemouth Bass Virus?

Largemouth bass virus (LMBV) is a disease that impacts several fish species but only appears to cause death in some largemouth bass. The condition was first discovered in Florida in 1991.

LMBV eventually spread throughout the southern United States and was responsible for a number of largemouth bass deaths in the late 1990’s. In some areas, LMBV only led to a decrease in survival and growth rates. When those conditions occur, anglers tend to catch fewer largemouth bass larger than 3 pounds.

According to researchers, impacts from the virus outbreak are typically short lived and largemouth bass fisheries recover in about three years.

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