Zebra Mussels - What Boaters Should Know
Stop Zebra Mussels - NOW!
Clean: Remove all plants, animals and mud. Then thoroughly wash everything, including all crevices and other hidden areas on your boat and equipment.
Drain: Eliminate all water before leaving the area, including wells, ballast, and engine cooling water.
Dry: Allow time for your boat to completely dry before launching in other waters.
If You Don't Have A Boat
Zebra or quagga mussels have widespread impacts on power plants, irrigation systems, and other water users. They clog pipes, pumps, turbines and filtration systems. Costs for repairs and maintenance are then passed to you. These exotic mussels remove plankton from the water, a primary food source for forage fish. Forage fish are the food of sport fisheries.
What would this do to the fisheries of the Bighorn and Shoshone Rivers? The lake trout population in Lake Ontario has declined by 95% in the past 10 years due to a crash in the food chain caused by exotic mussels. Keep Wyoming and Montana waters free of these aquatic hitchikers. Help spread the message!
Did You Know?
The Bighorn River is a tailwater, which means the water temperature doesn’t fluctuate like a freestone river, and rarely freezes. This means float and wade fishing is available year round, and anglers can be found on the water 365 days a year. More...