DNR Asking for Help to Prevent Spread of Invasive Mudsnail

The Department of Natural Resources is asking people who fish in the Pere Marquette River to help prevent the spread of an invasive species.

New Zealand mudsnails were discovered last year in the river near Baldwin.

They’re about one-eighth of an inch long and hard to spot, but the DNR says they can hurt the trout population by out-competing the trout’s food source.

The mudsnails also lack any nutritional value for trout, making the trout that eat them less healthy.

The species commonly attaches to fishing equipment, wading gear and hard surfaces, allowing them to move between rivers and lakes.

Officials say anglers can prevent the spread of the mudsnails by cleaning boats and equipment with a mixture of hot water and bleach.

For more information on this invasive species, click here.