Found in Bull Shoals Lake
- Zebra mussels recently were found in Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake and
Missouri’s Lake Taneycomo.
a retired marine biologist, and Kirk Wright, a retired professional
invertebrate collector, found two mature zebra mussels near Lead Hill Marina
on Bull Shoals Lake Sept. 13, 2007.
The same day,
the Missouri Department of Conservation told the AGFC that zebra mussels had
been collected from Lake Taneycomo, which drains into Bull Shoals.
Zebra mussels cause damage by forming thick mats that clog municipal water,
industrial and power-plant inlets. Over time, masses of zebra mussels can
sink boats in marina stalls. Zebra mussels were known in the Mississippi,
Arkansas and lower White rivers of Arkansas, but had not been collected in
Arkansas’s mountain reservoirs. Zebra mussels also cause a lake to be
classified as “contaminated” and stop all fish and bait transfers from lake
supplied hatcheries unless expensive, time consuming treatments are
the spread of zebra mussels, boaters should wash boat hulls, trailers and
live wells with either a 5 percent bleach solution or high-pressure hot
water. Live wells and bait buckets with Bull Shoals water should be dumped
before they leave the lake.
should be made to see that zebra mussels are not spread to the other area
lakes especially Lake Norfork, that supplies water to Mountain Home and the
Norfork Fish Hatchery. Here is what you can do:
- Drain & remove all waters from boat and gear.
- Dispose of all wild baits & plants in the trash.
- Rinse everything with hot water and dry for 1 week
clean & rinse everything with a 5% bleach solution.
about what you can do to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other Aquatic
Never release plants, fish or animals
Lake or any body of water
unless they came out of that body of water.
The Norfork Lake
would like you to be aware of the following:
You may not use wild-caught
baitfish on Norfork Lake unless said bait was caught on Norfork Lake.
You can also use baitfish
purchased from an Arkansas licensed dealer in Norfork Lake.
Dispose of leftover bait
Dump minnows and other live
bait in their original water source or in a trash receptacle.
HELP US PROTECT YOUR LAKE!
The Norfork Lake Tourism works
diligently to keep your lake free of aquatic nuisances, invasive species,
and other destructive forces to keep Norfork Lake pristine for generations
Join us by reading and learning more from
the links below!
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Disinfect Your Boat