Zebra mussels found in Wilson Lake

Discussion in 'KANSAS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Dsage, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    SALINA - Zebra mussels, small clams that crowd out other life forms and damage pipes, have been found in Lake Wilson.
    Jason Goeckler, a specialist in aquatic nuisance species with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, says the finding is troubling because it means the mussels are now in the Saline River and threaten other lakes downstream.
    Zebra mussels generally move between bodies of water attached to the hulls of boats, but fertilized eggs might be carried in bait buckets.
    Tommie Berger, fisheries biologist at Wilson Lake, says the zebra mussels were discovered in Wilson Lake Oct. 6. They have now been found in seven state lakes.
     
  2. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Thats too bad, they are a real pain in the ass.
    I'd love to be the guy that figures out how to get rid of them,.....instant billionaire:crazy::big_smile:
     

  3. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    im going to research them a lil..but can they be used for bait?
     
  4. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    That's BAD BAD new's right there :eek:oooh: They spread like wildfire ..we have them in some place's out here, There are some lake's out here that your boat must be inspected by fish and game before it can enter the water so not to spread them into new water's.
     
  5. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Good news about zebra mussels is that blue cats think that they are a
    snack food, I've heard.
     
  6. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Bad news is, their still a lot more prolific than Bluecats.:sad2:
     
  7. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Bad news is, their still a lot more prolific than Bluecats.:sad2:
     
  8. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    I hope they arent suprised.:smile2: They will be in every lake in KS before long. Best they can do is slow the spread.
    Stupid walleye fisherman!:angry::smile2:
     
  9. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    I warned you not to go swimming down at El Dorado, see what happens when you don't listen, you get zebra mussels in your rectum and they hurt don't they:eek:oooh::roll_eyes::smile2::smile2:.

    Eat a lot of beans and drink lots of prune juice, if that works, you too could be an instant bilionaire:smile2::smile2::smile2::smile2:
     
  10. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Hear them shells are sharp, too! Cloggin' up the pipes for sure now.
     
  11. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    Some Lakes have signs at the ramp warning about them and to inspect your boat before ya leave. They cling to the bottom of the boat & hitch hike to other waters..especially on shallow water fisherman....If they stocked the lake with Blues it would put a hurt on them..they love e'm!!!! Check your boat hulls when ya leave don't transplant them to another lake:wink: Keep an old broom in the back of the truck sweep them off:cool2:
     
  12. playin4funami

    playin4funami New Member

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    Man,that sucks. they can kill them off in smaller lakes,but the treatment is pretty expensive and probably not feasable for large bodies of water,and it kills off alot of the fish at the same time. Once they hit a river system it's just a matter of time before everything up and downstream is infected. No faster way to ruin a good fishery than to introduce a prolific species that doesn't belong in there,it will throw the balence all out of whack and then everything goes to hell. Don't worry though the carp like what they do,and thrive in that water :( .
     
  13. center12

    center12 New Member

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    Not a real big surprise, but the Kansas river now has a growing population(at least from Perry down). We cleaned our Presed basin at the Kaw plant and found about a half million attached to the walls. We pump straight from the river into this basin. It was cleaned in the Fall of 2007 and we had no zebra's then, we had full sized adults in there this time.........they had to of hit in the spring of 08. Went down by the intake last week and picked one off a shoreline rock, took about 2 minutes of looking to find it.

    They are in the river and I see no reason for them not to populate heavily. Was hoping it would take them about 9 years to get here(then I'd retire), but they do spread fast. Anyway, just a heads up about the river.
     
  14. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    Charlie, Been wondering how your intakes were faring. I haven't seen one yet, but since they found them at Perry I figured they would be here sooner rather than later. They did put the signs up at the KC area boat ramps this year.
     
  15. center12

    center12 New Member

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    Gary, the boat ramps in Lawrence have signs up.

    Will be getting out on the intake in 2 weeks for a look, I'm sure I'll find them there but hope for low #'s.

    I'll be posting stuff on the thread I started in the river section.