How to inspect for Zebra Mussels

Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” An apt saying when it comes to dealing with Zebra Mussels. Best practice is to CLEAN your boat of any aquatic weeds before leaving the launch area, DRAIN water-related equipment such as your boat, bait-bucket or livewells of any water and DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash. If you want to keep your bait please replace the lake water with  tap or bottled water.

Another way to be proactive is to be on the look out for Zebra Mussels on your dock posts as you pull your equipment out of the water for the season. The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association has seven monitoring samplers on all four of our lakes: North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, Chisago Lake and Kroon Lake.

If you don’t have access to a Zebra Mussel plant sampler and would like to assist our efforts – tie a rope around a small cinderblock and place it under your dock.  The following link shows How to inspect a Zebra Mussel plant sampler

The Chisago Lake Lakes Improvement District has developed a rapid response plan in the event of Zebra Mussel detection. The earlier these Aquatic Invasive Species are detected the quicker we can start treatment.


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