Yes let's keep stocking and spread this. As if the wildlife in PA don't have enough problems.
"The Crystal Spring hatchery has not been checked as of yet as the Fish and Boat Commission and state Department of Agriculture haggle over which is responsible."
Great bureaucracy sitting on their thumbs. Nero would be proud.
Many years ago, around 1970 my dad took me to a fee-fishing pond at Newmanstown called Crystal Clear. Later the name was changed to Arrowhead Springs. Does anyone know if this Crystal Spring Hatchery is the same place? If so. do they still have fee-fishing there?
But yes. For them to say it's not known in wild trout is false.
Found it, documented it, reported it and spread the word about it here.
I was told it's a warmer water thing. Well...I fished a few miles of warmer water before heading up the headwater trib that flows cool all year. It was significantly cooler. The nearest stocked trout is...I don't know. Many miles away.
I'm anxious to get back there. I have a pretty solid baseline and should be able to have an idea of if/how it impacted the fish.
What made me start looking fish over and opening gill plates was because the fish were extremely lazy. Once in a while you reel one in you didn't feel...But a couple in a row I took temps and started looking at fish. I found that and was shocked. That pic isn't the worst of it. I had a few that were disgusting. I forget the percentage of fish that had it..I think it was like 30%...They didn't fight at all..Got to the point I could tell I had an infected fish before I landed it.
If it didn't spread like wildfire all should be well...If it did....Well, it'll be extremely sad to see.
That water is about as remote as it comes...I'd drink it and not think twice.
Hopefully someone figures something out before it really starts wiping out trout.