DNR Reminds Us To Check Our Docks For Invasive Species

No matter how much you try and tell yourself that we have more Summer coming, the dates on the calendar continue to change. With that in mind the Minnesota DNR sent a press release that reminds us all about check out our docks, lifts and trailers as they come out of the water this fall for invasive species.

“These late summer/early fall confirmations are the result of Minnesotans being more vigilant and checking for invasive species when taking equipment out of the water,” said DNR Invasive Species Unit supervisor Heidi Wolf.

The release has the following recommendations for us.

  • Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.
  • Hire DNR-permitted lake service provider businesses to install or remove boats, docks, lifts and other water-related equipment. These businesses have attended training on Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws and many have experience identifying and removing invasive species.
  • Contact your area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if you think you have discovered an invasive species that has not already been confirmed in your lake.

More information is available on the aquatic invasive species page and of course enjoy your fall fishing, or should I say Summer fishing.  After all the fall equinox isn’t until early Monday morning!