The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking help from anglers to prevent the further spread of a virus that's been affecting fish in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.
The DNR announced earlier this month that a high number of fish deaths were linked to an outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv).
"Water temperatures continue to be well below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, creating conditions that allow for VHSv to keep spreading in the fish community," said Gary Whelan, DNR Fisheries Division research program manager, in a news release.
"Extended forecasts indicate temperatures will continue to be cool, so we need to make sure anglers and the baitfish industry are aware of actions they can take to help prevent the spread of VHSv to new waters outside of this corridor."
The state is asking anglers to refrain from harvesting minnows within the borders of Macomb, Wayne, Monroe and St. Clair counties until further notice.
Anglers should be careful not to move live fish between bodies of water and should dispose of bait properly after use, the DNR says.