Aquatic nuisance species often travel by hitchhiking with the help of unsuspecting people. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers—follow these simple steps at every lake and river, every time.
Before leaving any body of water, please do the following:
- CLEAN: Inspect all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything that is found.
- DRAIN: Drain all water from equipment (engines, livewells, bilges, bait buckets, before using at a different location. Dump live bait on dry land or at bait disposal sites, not into the lake or stream. Never move live fish between bodies of water or up streams.
- DRY: All equipment for at least 5 days before using it again. If you need to use it sooner, wash it with hot (140-degree) water (retail car washes are OK; so is a 10% water/chlorine solution or hot saltwater).
Go to ProtectKSWaters.org for complete information.