Black spot disease is a commonly observed parasite that has recently been seen in Upper Saranac Lake Small Mouth Bass. It can be identified by the presence of small black spots, usually about the size of a pin head, in the skin, the fins, the musculature, and the mouth of the fish. In general, the presence of the “black spot” parasite does not affect the growth or the longevity of the infected fish; however massive infections in young fish may cause fish mortality. The parasite is incapable of infecting humans and, as is the case with all fish parasites, it is destroyed by thorough cooking.
For further information contact:Guy Middleton, Lake Manager 796-1052 or Edward Grant Jr. Manager, ADK Fish Hatchery 891-3358.