PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ZEBRA MUSSELS

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ZEBRA MUSSELS

CLEAN – DRAIN – DRY

By Trey Schroeder & Grant Nisbet – Lindbergh High School

Bass Anglers often travel from lake to lake for fishing tournaments. Unfortunately if the lake they are fishing is zebra mussel infested the zebra mussels can be transferred from the boat to the next body of water they go to. For this reason, bass fishermen are taking most of the blame for spreading the problem.

The picture above was taken last year at our home lake of Bull Shoals. The lake was infested with them and when the water came down to normal pool there was an uncountable amount of shells left on the banks and some still attached to boulders and shelf rock. I learned the clean, drain, dry method at my first High School fishing tournament and have always followed this rule!

All anglers and boaters can help stop the zebra mussel spread by doing the following:

1. CLEAN First remove all vegetation from the trailer. Then clean the boat hull, bilge area, and live wells.
2. DRAIN Drain all water from the boat.
3. DRY Make sure everything is dry before launching into a different lake. Zebra mussel larva can survive for extended periods of time in the small live well puddles.