Back at this post, VHS was thought to be in Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. That thought may now be changing.
Just two and half months ago … experts said VHS had yet to work its way into Lake Huron. They predicted it might be two to four years away from Lake Michigan waters. At that time it was a problem in lakes Ontario, Erie and St. Clair, along with the St. Clair and Detroit rivers.
But now we find out that just isn’t so. At least not quite. Two to four years may be accurate, but the starting point has shifted.
DNR officials say the clock reset once old, frozen fish samples were rechecked. They did this last year.
“What we found is that VHS was present in Lake St. Clair in 2003 and in Lake Huron in 2005,” Kelly Smith, the DNR fisheries chief, said. “Go two to four years out and you are at 2007 for Lake Michigan.
“I’m guessing that it’s already there.”