If you are hauling a watercraft of any kind, motorized or nonmotorized you must stop. Here are the details:
If you suspect an infestation orsee a boat or trailer with mussels attached, this is what to do:
Completely remove all mud, water, and vegetation before leaving the access area.
Inspect your boat, trailer, and all gear. Pay attention to crevices and hidden areas.
Remove all vegetation (by hand or sprayer).
Remove all mud (use a pressurized power sprayer, found at most do-it-yourself car washes). The hot water kills organisms and the pressure removes mud and vegetation. No need to use chemicals or soap.
Dispose of debris in trash or on dry land away from water or ramp.
Drain all water from watercraft and equipment.
Drain or remove water from boat, bilge, live well, engine, internal compartments, and bait buckets by removing drain plugs before leaving the access area.
Aquatic invaders can survive only in water and wet areas.
Dry your watercraft and fishing equipment thoroughly; this will kill most invasive species. The longer you keep your watercraft, trailer, waders, and other equipment outside in the hot sun between fishing trips, the better.
Inspections include an interview, boat inspection, and if needed, decontamination with pressurized hot water of at least 140° F to remove and kill invasive species.
2017 CSKT Emergency AIS Boating and Watercraft Regulations Flathead Indian Reservation
New AIS administrative rules in effect April 15
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Regulations aimed helping the fight against aquatic invasive species in Montana go into effect April 15.
These new regulations require that all watercraft coming into Montana be inspected prior to launching on any Montana waterbody, mandatory inspections of watercraft traveling across the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin within Montana, and a prohibition of transporting surface water – lake, pond and river water – in Montana.
The regulations take the form of administrative rules and were presented for public comment in February and March. These rules amended existing regulations and were necessary in developing a response to the discovery of invasive mussel larvae in Montana last fall.
Invasive mussel larvae were detected for the first time in Montana in October 2016 in Tiber Reservoir – and a suspect detection turned up in Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
The discovery triggered a natural resource emergency in Montana and led to several recommended strategies to manage the threat of invasive mussels spreading to other areas.
For more information on Montana’s mussel response, please look online at musselresponse.mt.gov.
The CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation is now staffing a boaters check station at 406 6th Ave East in Polson. The Watercraft Check Station hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.