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Old    Tyler (yo123)      Join Date: May 2006       05-24-2011, 6:17 PM Reply   
I am going to a lake that has zebra mussels and wondering if I should fill up my tanks due to the fact that my home lake does not have them and I do no want to be the one to that transfers them. Wondering if anyone has any experience with this problem. Any advice would be be great. Thanks
Old    Jeff Egli (jdoggy_73)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-24-2011, 6:31 PM Reply   
Not sure where you are located, but in California...

You can not have any water in the ballast tanks as they will ask you to board to visually inspect and also run the pumps. Any girgling when the pumps are on will get you banned. Do not even wash the boat or store your cooler with ice on the boat. Any visible water in the boat, trailer, or storage areas during inspection will get you red tagged. Tubes must be dry and tagged with a green label in order to use on the lake. If caught without the band, you pay...
Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-24-2011, 8:52 PM Reply   
Yea it would be very nice of you to not try and fill you boat with water that might contaminate another lake. If you are going into infested waters your going to have to or Should clean your boat real good when your done. Making sure its bone dry for 4 or 5 Day's is one method or 140+ degree water also kills mussels.

I dont know how many people have access to a bunch of Hot water 140_ degree to run threw your balast so you would be doing everyone a favor if you took every percaution you could.
Old    Dave Diaz (wakebrdr94)      Join Date: Jul 2010       05-25-2011, 4:29 AM Reply   
It's not just the ballast you have to worry about. Here in CA, they inspect your anchors and anchor line. The Ranger found a dead mussel in the hinge of my box anchor, and that was enough to have the boat out of commission for two weeks. Irony is, I didn't even use my anchor that trip and only tied off to the dock, so the anchor had been dry for at least a month. Now I keep a bottle of spray bleach, bleach my box anchor, slide anchor, and anchor lines when I'm leaving (whether I used the anchor or not), and leave it in the bed of my truck, so when I hit the inspection station I'm ready. It's what the inspector suggested when I was red tagged, and I haven't had a problem since. The 5 minute bleach job is well worth it vs. the hour delay at the station and the boat being out of use for a couple weeks.
Old    Phil Jakubowski (65sanford)      Join Date: Feb 2007       05-25-2011, 4:41 PM Reply   
We have them here and the way every invasive species is treated is to keep your boat out of the water for 3 days before taking to another lake to kill off anything that may be attached. I doubt the zebra mussels would wind up in your ballast tank--I have never had one in my bags and they will slice right through them--very sharp--just look for anything that is kept submersed in the water for the mussels--they usually show up on things after about a week--I would not worry about your tanks--drain them fully before and after you go to different lakes
Old    Jos (jtnz)      Join Date: Sep 2007       05-25-2011, 6:08 PM Reply   
It's not the mussels that get into your tanks, it's the eggs and embryos that haven't attached to anything and grown a shell yet.

http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/zebra/...ssel_larva.htm

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