Preventing Their Spread

Boaters and anglers using El Dorado, Wilson, Marion, Cheney, and Perry reservoirs,Lake Afton or Winfield City Lake (and the rivers and streams that flow out of these impoundments) can prevent the spread of zebra mussels to other Kansas waters by carefully checking their boats and trailers. Any water in the bilges or live wells should be drained before leaving the lake. Mud attached to anchors or ropes should be removed, as should any vegetation on boats or trailers. If someone boats in zebra mussel infested water (El Dorado Reservoir, Walnut River, or Winfield City Lake), they should dry their boat for 5 days or clean it thoroughly with hot water (~140 degrees F). If hot water is not available, a 10% bleach solution can be used to kill any zebra mussels present but special precautions must be taken to properly disposed of the bleach. Bait should not be transported from the waters listed above to another lake. Instead, unused bait should be poured onto dry land. Never release bait into a lake, and don’t take bait from one lake to use in another. Anglers who wade to fish and duck hunters should clean their boots after leaving an infected lake. REMEMBER: it is against both state and federal law to release zebra mussels. Make sure you do not have zebra mussels or water from zebra mussel infested water with your equipment.