Attack of the Invasive Species

May 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

It’s memorial Day weekend already and that means the official start to the summer season. This weekend is an obvious favorite for outdoor activity, which of course make us all of our aquatic invasives knowledge, right?

If you are unsure about how to best manage aquatic invasives and stop your boat be the culprit of traveling invasives, be sure to brush up on the protocols.

Transport laws for boaters and anglers

  • INSPECT your boat, trailer and equipment
  • REMOVE any attached aquatic plants or animals (before launching, after loading and before transporting on a public highway).
  • DRAIN all water from boats, motors and all equipment.
  • NEVER MOVE live fish away from a waterbody.
  • DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash.
  • BUY minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer. Use leftover minnows only under certain conditions.*

*You may take leftover minnows away from any state water and use them again on that same water. You may use leftover minnows on other waters only if no lake or river water, or other fish were added to their container (more information below).


If you are unsure what the plants and animals look like there is a great visual plant guide from the DNR.


The Parrot Feather is an invasive species.

Parrot Feather

A large collection of Parrot Feather












Have you seen the Starry Stonewort?

Have you seen the Starry Stonewort?


You can do a lot to keep our lakes clean, safe, and a proper environment for our native species.  After all, none of us wants a lake infested with these guys.

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