Clean, Drain, Dry

Zebra Mussels spreading west

Invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels have laid claim to almost every US watershed on their march wet .

The last zebra free holdout is the Columbia River basin in the Pacific North West. There is a well researched piece on the spread of these invaders in The Conversation.

It’s a timely reminder in boating season that our lakes and tailwaters contain these invaders and the AGFC’s message of Clean Drain and Dry.

Zebra Mussels have been in Bull Shoals lake since 2008 and were confirmed in Bull Shoals Tailwater in 2018.

“Please, be super careful that you have ‘cleaned, drained, and dried’ your equipment before traveling to and from other locations,” Graham said. 

  • The AGFC recommends:
    Clean boats, trailers and other equipment thoroughly between fishing trips with hot soapy water; a high pressure washer; or a light bleach solution (1 cup bleach to 10 gallons water);
  • Let boats, trailers and other equipment fully dry for 4 to 6 hours between trips, preferably in the sun; 
  • Be sure to remove all vegetation attached to your boat or trailer;
  • Never move water, fish or fish parts from one body of water to another, and
  • Tell other anglers and boaters about prevention and spread of invasive species.