Boat Owners and Anglers


With the exception of floods, it's human pathways that help invasive species move to aquatic ecosystems —
like your favorite fishing hole.


Here's what you can do:

  • Clean your boats, trailers, boots and anything else that gets wet. 
  • Inspect & Remove and Plants or Animals.
    • Motorized boats:  The best option is to use a commercial car wash – high-pressure water will help blast off anything that might be clinging to gear, and the water should drain to a sanitary sewer or septic system. If you cannot get to a car wash, use a brush and clean water to scrub your boat and gear thoroughly. Look closely at the hitch, rollers, motor, propeller, axle and bilge. 
    • Non-motorized boats:  look along the paddles and the hull. 
    • Gear and clothing: inspect everything that was in or near the water. Check seams and hard-to-reach places.
  • Drain and empty. Make sure to drain all water from any nook or cranny that may store it. Leave drain plugs out of boats so the bilges can dry. Your motor, wet well and bilge should be entirely drained on land after leaving the water. 
  • Never release live bait or any other aquatic animals from one waterbody into another. Empty your bait bucket on land after leaving the water.
  • Never move live fish from one body of water to another. 
  • Dry. Lastly, dry all gear thoroughly. During rainy weather, be sure to store gear so that all parts dry completely between uses.

If you have been boating in a part of the country with zebra or quagga mussels, you must have your watercraft cleaned with hot water to make sure that all mussels are not only off, but dead.


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