Trout season is almost here and the Michigan DNR is warning of the potential of spreading invasive species.
The state’s trout streams are seeing an increase in harmful species that can have devastating impacts on the habitat and food sources for trout and other fish. It’s common for these invasive species like New Zealand mudsnail and didymo to be moved from location to another by latching onto fishing gear like waders and nets.
The DNR urges anglers to take caution by cleaning their gear between trips or when moving to a new body of water. They also recommend using a chemical disinfectant but also keeping it away from the water source.
Trout season begins on April 29.