Learn what you can do to help stop the spread
Before leaving the waterbody, make sure you start by cleaning off any visible mud, vegetation, mussels, or anything else suspicious from your boat, motor, trailer, or any fishing equipment you may have.
Drain any standing water from your boat by pulling the plug from your transom and live-wells, as well as emptying any water in your bilge pumps. Make sure your motor is drained of any water and once you are home, it is good practice to flush your motor’s cooling system to ensure no microscopic invasive species are still alive inside the water lines.
Dry your boat between 2-7 days in sunlight before transporting between waterbodies. Also give your fishing equipment, downriggers, trailer, and fishing tackle the opportunity to dry.
Besides these, you can also:
- Rinse your boat and equipment with hot water (>50°C)
- Spray your boat and trailer with high pressure water (>250psi)
- To prevent the spread of VHS, rinse live wells with 10% household bleach/water solution
- Empty your bait bucket on land before leaving any waterbody. Never release live bait into water or transport aquatic animals from one body of water to another. NOTE: It is illegal to use gobies, ruffe, or rudd for bait!
- Finally, learn how to identify aquatic invasive species. If you believe you have encountered an invasive species, take a picture and submit a report to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or online at EDDMapS Ontario