I asked Jim how bass get sick, how that sickness spreads, how they handle a "cold" vs. how a human handles a cold, and if there's anything anglers can do to help a sick bass. At some point, it's likely you've run ill-looking fish that wouldn't bite, or caught a bass that just looked…well…sick. Some of you may even have a lake nearby that has experienced the spread of the largemouth bass virus (LMBV), which you can read more about here. Jim said that the most obvious thing we can do to help a bass that looks sick, or keep them from getting sick, is handle them as carefully as possible, and by paying attention to stressors like rough live well rides with multiple fish, oxygen levels, and water temperature. He noted that bass may already have subclinical infections that only manifest when the fish is stressed. That part is pretty similar to humans; we may be carrying a virus, but may not get ill until we have a stressful day at work and get just three hours of sleep.