Boaters in Northern Wisconsin beware this weekend as the DNR will be on the lookout for boaters violating rules meant to prevent invasive species and the fish killing VHS.
Deputy Conservation Warden John Preuss says they are focusing efforts on Iron, Oneida and Vilas Counties.
The rules include prohibiting the moving of live fish from the lake, draining water from wells before leaving the landing and removing all aquatic plants from equipment.
The agency has been educating the public about regulations which have been in place for a few years. Preuss estimates in his area boaters comply with the regulations only about 50 to 60-percent of the time, increasing the likelihood of an invader.
It only takes about a two inch fragment of the Eurasian Mill Foil plant to spread to a new lake while invading Zebra Mussels can be microscopic.