'Big Whopper' anglers to have true tale to brag to DNR wardens: 'I drained an enemy of...

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  1. By Central Office April 12, 2015

    Contact(s): Conservation Warden Kaitlin Kernosky - (920) 505-0162, [email protected]

    Anglers out in full fun force for the popular Big Whopper Weekend fishing contest in New London can tell a true fish tale about how they stopped damaging aquatic invasive species - tiny foreign bodies known to outcompete native fish for food and habitat.

    "Conservation wardens are going to be out with the anglers to ensure everyone follows aquatic invasive species laws," Warden Kaitlin Kernosky of New London said of the April 17 - 19 contest during the annual walleye run.

    Anglers are reminded to:

    • Remove aquatic vegetation from boat trailers and equipment
    • Drain all water from live wells, buckets, and equipment
    • Never move live fish away from a waterbody

    "Following these easy-to-do steps is important as the walleye run comes into full swing and the white bass run following," Kernosky said.

    Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native species such as Eurasian water milfoil, Zebra mussels, Asian Carp and the fish disease - viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS). These AIS collectively harm outdoor recreation and local businesses whose economic vitality is connected to our lakes and rivers. The invaders spread when people transport plants, animals and water between water bodies.

    "This is why wardens will be reminding anglers to drain all water from live wells and buckets before leaving boat landings and shorelines," Kernosky said. "An alternate option to transporting your fish in water is to place them on ice. This works very well."

    Kernosky says it is illegal to transport water, live fish and vegetation away from water bodies. If you transport any of these, you could face a $243 citation.

    There is good AIS awareness and compliance in Wisconsin - but it only takes one person not following these steps.

    "One person's failure to follow the law can have a long term impact on Wisconsin's valuable fishery. erase all the good efforts by others and endanger our valuable fish resources and lakes," she said.

    For more on regulations, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword: invasives

    If you have information regarding natural resource violations, please call or text: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay reported information to conservation wardens. Anyone who calls the Violation Hotline or provides information can remain anonymous.

    Last Revised: Sunday, April 12, 2015