Hook & Hunting: Aquatic Invasive Species Pathways Program Offering Free Boat Wash and Education

The Aquatic Invasive Species Pathways Program was at Spider Lake today to let boaters know how they can help slow the spread of invasive species. They were offering a free boat wash and educational materials to people out enjoying the lake.

They recommend to clean, drain and dry your boat after taking it out of the water.

Clean the trailer. Remove mud, debris and aquatic plants from boat and fishing gear.

Drain the live well, bilge and all water from the boat and disinfect with bleach or vinegar.

Dry the boat and all equipment before leaving the launch site.

“Aquatic plants, muscles, snails that if you’re in the lake and moving through these vegetation patches you can unknowingly get them wrapped around your motor or get them hooked on your fishing line so if you were not to clean that off and go to a different lake those could potentially be washed off in to that lake,” Jamie Robinson, AIS Lead, said.

The Aquatic Invasive Species Pathways Program goes to different lakes in Benzi, Leelanau, Manistee and Grand Traverse County educating people and even handing out keychains and bobbers for kids.