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2013 Catfish Derby Mussel Inspection Requirements

If you are fishing from a boat in this year's Catfish Derby, your vessel MUST undergo quagga mussel screening and have a current inspection sticker before it is launched. Vessel inspections will be available during derby registration.  More information is at http://www.nomussels.com.

Lake County Water Vessel Inspection Ordinance 2936 protects all Lake County water bodies from infestation by Dreissenid mussels, otherwise known as quagga and zebra mussels. Lake County does NOT have these mussels and we do not want them. It is vital that we KEEP THEM OUT of our water bodies.

Dreissenid mussels significantly alter lake ecology by displacing native species, destroying native habitats and the species that depend on natural habitats, blocking water delivery, disrupting recreational and commercial fishing, undermining docks and all other structures in the water, impeding navigation and enjoyment of the country's waterways. These mussels have caused devastating impacts on municipal water systems, recreation and fisheries in other areas of the country.

Invasive mussels can be unknowingly transported from one lake to another by boaters. LET US ALL PROTECT LAKE COUNTY'S WATERWAYS!

Lake County Law:

Requires mandatory screening of all water vessels prior to launching in a Lake County water body.

Applies to all registered water vessels, meaning any trailered watercraft, or jet ski, or float plane capable of being launched into a water body.

Does NOT apply to canoes, kayaks, car-top boats, float tubes, rafts, wind surfers/boards, boogey boards, nonmotorized paddle boats, and nonmotorized sail boats that are eight feet or less in length.

Bans the disposal of live bait and any liquid that contains or has contained live bait into Lake County water bodies.

Establishes violation as a misdemeanor, and fine of $1,000.

For additional information, call the County Department of Water Resources at 707-263-2344

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 November 2013 )