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Invasive Species — What Can You Do

By Kastking | 24 August 2018 | 0 Comments

How to help stop the spread of invasive plants and animals carried by fishing tackle or boats.


It is no secret that invasive species can decimate a fishery and change it altogether.  At the very least an invasive will compete for the same food sources that native fish count on to survive and prosper.  At the most, they can completely change a fishery.  Often they have no natural predators, which makes ridding a body of water of an invasive a very difficult task at best.  In many cases, it will not even be possible.


The questions is, if it is not possible to rid our fisheries of some of these invasives, then what can we, as anglers, do?  The answer is simple.  There is plenty we can do to make sure that invasives do not find their way into other bodies of water.  Invasives are almost always transported by people from one place to another either on boats or fishing tackle.  Many of the species affecting the Great Lakes were brought there in the ballast water of ships.  Some invasives in the southern parts of the country were simply let go by individuals who had them as pets and tired of caring for them.  Still other invasives, such as Eurasian Milfoil, is transported from place to place on boats, trailers, and equipment.


When an angler leaves a body of water, the first thing he or she should do is to check their fishing tackle, boat and trailer thoroughly.  And weeds or other debris should be removed.  If the landing is equipped with a wash station, it is a great idea to hose down the entire rig before leaving the landing.



The next thing an angler should do is to drain the livewell and take the plug out of the boat.  This will allow any water from that lake to drain and will allow the boat to dry completely.  Some anglers will even go so far as to lower their motor to drain the lower unit of any water as well.  Allowing the boat and trailer to completely dry before entering another body of water will help to kill most invasive plants and invertebrates that may be hitchhiking.


Once an angler gets home, it may be advisable to bleach the livewell of the boat and then rinse it out thoroughly.  This will kill most invertebrates that may have found their way in.  Simply remember to rinse the livewell thoroughly when it is through being bleached, leave it open to dry completely, and it will not cause any ill effects to fish that are put in it later.


Anglers should also check their fishing tackle — rods, reels, and line.  They should also be allowed to dry completely before being used in another body of water. In the instance of the Spiny Water Flea, an angler may not even see these microscopic invaders, but allowing fishing tackle to dry completely for seven days will kill these little intruders.


While it is not always possible to let your equipment dry for seven days before moving on to another body of water, by taking the precautions listed, anglers can help stop the threat of invasive species.   Education is key to containing these problem species.  Anglers should take some time to learn what problem invasives in their area look like.  A simple Internet search can bring a wealth of information in that regard.  Also, anglers should check for any signage at the landing where they will be launching.  Oftentimes invasives are listed there, allowing anglers to take special precautions and to be aware of what is in the water.  If an angler finds a suspected invasive species while on the water, he or she should contact the local regulating authority, whether that be the DNR or some other experts.


Diligence is the key to containing invasives.  Anglers should check their boat, trailer, and fishing tackle every time they leave a body of water.  If we do this every time, and educate ourselves about what invasives are in our local waters, including how to identify them, we have gone a long way to help stop the spread of invasives.

— By Beckie Joki


Beckie Joki is an avid bass fisherman in Northern Wisconsin. She has an eye on conservation and the environment as it relates to all types of fishing. She is a member of the Hodag Bassmasters, and is a member of the Shawano Red Nek Bass Busters. She understands the importance of maintaining fisheries and looks to get younger generations into the sport of fishing. Beckie writes regularly for the Northern Wisconsin Fishing Examiner.




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