BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -A family fishing trip turns sour when every fish they caught is covered in red sores and blisters. Locals are worried the chemicals sprayed in Lake Bistineau are making the fish sick, but the state says that is not the case.
Many people have concerns that the sores are products of herbicide spraying the state department is doing to control Giant Salvinia. “They have all these chemicals they are putting in the water right now to kill the salvinia and it’s not good. Chemicals are chemicals” Chapman says.
Wood says the herbicides are safe, and the sick fish are just a product of nature.
Wildlife and Fisheries says, to use your best judgment, but you can eat the fish if you clean around the sores. They also say this is not a parasite that affects humans, or any warm blooded animal like pets.