SteveOehlenschlager/TSM Utica
SteveOehlenschlager/TSM Utica

It's been confirmed. The smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River has a cancerous tumor on it's mouth according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat CommissionThe cancerous tumor was confirmed by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at Michigan State University. The conservation department has been saying for years that the Susquehanna River is in bad shape. Unfortunately there's no denying it now. Fisherman have been catching bass with sores and lesions for sometime which I would say is a indication that fish population in the Susquehanna is not doing well. Now we have the confirmation of cancer. I think it would be common sense not to eat fish with sores, lesions, or cysts but some folks need a warning. So here it is. If I were you I would avoid consuming fish that have visible signs of sores and lesions. I don't think anyone in their right mind would eat this though.

Commission Executive Director John Arway says:

"If we do not act to address the water quality issues in the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania risks losing what is left of what was once considered a world-class smallmouth bass fishery," Arway said. "DEP is expected to release its 2016 list of impaired waters in late fall. We are urging them once again to follow the science and add the Susquehanna River to the list."

My family and I catch and release. All the fun of fishing without the worry of eating a diseased fish. It's so sad what is happening to Mother Earth.


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