Aquatic Nuisance Species Reminder
Before moving to a new body of water you must wash your boat, waders, boots, or anything that may carry Aquatic Nuisance Species.
This has become habit for many in the last several years with the increased education regarding evil parasites and such that can creep into our recreational waters. For some the Yellowstone PKD disaster will remind us that it is very real. ANS is a real thing and can damage families, businesses, farming, water supply movement, even the food we eat. It is far reaching and very dangerous.
So the 10 minutes that it takes to scrub your boat down with soap and water is not too bad at all. Certainly considering the damage that it can cause. Catastrophic damage to resources.
Check out the Montana AIS, Aquatic Invasive Species, site for more info. It is worth the couple minutes to educate yourself further. ANS and AIS are both used in this context depending on who is speaking about it. Same thing.
We have a boat wash station at Headhunters here in Craig. We have since we opened. Any an all welcome to wash their hard sider, raft, pontoon boat, tube, or water wings here at the shop 24/7. Stop in anytime and get that craft clean!
A short video this Sunday to get your boat washing juices flowing! You can do this with a Coors Light in hand. Or nearby.
Clean all of the weeds of your craft. Dry out those leaky dry bins. Open and let them dry. Hot water while washing is not a terrible idea either. I know that we may not always get that opportunity, but when you can they do suggest it.
Boaters, Anglers, Paddlers, and Seaplane Pilots
Completely remove all mud, water, and vegetation before leaving the access area.
Inspect your boat, trailer, and all gear. Pay attention to crevices and hidden areas.
Remove all vegetation (by hand or sprayer).
Remove all mud (use a pressurized power sprayer, found at most do-it-yourself car washes). The hot water kills organisms and the pressure removes mud and vegetation. No need to use chemicals or soap.
Dispose of debris in trash or on dry land away from water or ramp.
Drain all water from watercraft and equipment.
Drain or remove water from boat, bilge, live well, engine, internal compartments, and bait buckets by removing drain plugs before leaving the access area.
Aquatic invaders can survive only in water and wet areas.
Dry your watercraft and fishing equipment thoroughly; this will kill most invasive species. The longer you keep your watercraft, trailer, waders, and other equipment outside in the hot sun between fishing trips, the better.