Your boat, trailer, jet ski, live wells and anything that goes into and comes back out of the waterway’s just might be moving the next zebra mussels. And while I understand nobody would intentionally move zebra mussels, the fact is by NOT checking your equipment over the future of the lakes you love are in jeopardy. It used to be just shrugged off as sea weed, that’s not the case anymore. This Memorial Day weekend take a few minutes and make sure you are not the cause.
Anglers Reminded of ANS Regulations
North Dakota anglers are reminded of regulations intended to reduce the risk of aquatic nuisance species transfer between water bodies.
Current law states that no aquatic vegetation, or parts thereof, shall be in or on watercraft, motors, trailers and recreational equipment when out of water. Time out of the water needed to remove aquatic vegetation at the immediate water access area (boat ramp) is allowed.
All built-in structures to boats, including livewells and bait compartments, and containers (bait buckets) used to transport legal live bait, must also be free of aquatic vegetation.
In addition, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has submitted a proposal that will require water in all livewells and baitwells to be drained prior to leaving a water body. This means that fish, including bait, may no longer be transported in a livewell containing water. Transportation of fish in or on ice will be allowed. If approved, this rule would likely become effective Oct. 1. However, the Game and Fish Department encourages anglers to implement this practice immediately.