View Full Version : Hooch Whirling Disease
11-01-00, 08:12 PM
A few months ago, Grizz started a topic about this after witnessing a distorted fish. Here is a pic of a trout caught from the hooch in september. Looks like the pictures of trout with whirling disease to me.
[This message has been edited by DeBacker (edited 11-01-2000).]
11-01-00, 08:16 PM
I am stupid.
How do you put a picture on there?
Tell me the URL of where the pic is located and I will put it up for you.
[This message has been edited by KB (edited 11-01-2000).]
11-01-00, 11:43 PM
Here is the pic(finally):
11-01-00, 11:43 PM
Sorry KB- must have done it at the same time.
Thanks for the help.
11-02-00, 08:59 AM
Thats whirling Disease or a Brown the size of my leg tried to make him a snack. The monster trout of JB. Use caution in your float tube or your leg might look like that.
11-02-00, 12:25 PM
It looks worse than whirling disease. Maybe a heron gave it a good shot. I see a fair number of trout on the Hooch with gashes down their sides.
i caught a fish similar looking on the hooch this summer. i also caught a rainbow out of the toccoa that looked like a spawning male salmon. it had a huge humped back, i tried to take a picture, but it slipped out of my hands as i was reaching for the camera.
we shouldn't jump to conclusions about whirling disease, but i would be nice if we could get an unofficial comment from a DNR person.
From the articles I have read on WD the pros can not tell if a fish has WD without killing and disecting the fish then making an examination of body parts under a microscope. Therefore, I doubt that the fish in the picture with the disformed body is displaying a physical appearance that is caused by WD.
The Black Knight and I saw a hunchbacked rainbow on the Davidson last Monday. Probably just a birth defect...
I have heard that the organism that causes the disease has a hard time living in southern trout waters. Otherwise, we would have a serious problem in the SE, especially with the prevalance of stocking.
The Ole Man
11-02-00, 03:44 PM
That looks like the trout that Owl stepped on when we were stocking at the Kids Fishing Event. Seriously, we have had DNR comment on this from Bill Couch in the past. You will have to do a search to find his post. What he said was that it is his opinion that WD would show up in the Hatchery before it would in the river and to date none has been documented or observed.
11-02-00, 06:23 PM
I have also heard that trout the actually have whirling disease are hard to catch because they swim in circle. There was no gash or scar on this fish- just the bent body.
Just giving some food for thought.
Now if we could only get a picture of a hooch baby brookie with a background...
11-06-00, 02:15 PM
You mean he lived ! http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif
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