“This is the first new population of zebra mussels found in the state in 18 months, which is the longest period of time between new lake infestations since 2006,” said Chris Steffen, aquatic nuisance species coordinator for KDWPT, in the release. “While it is unfortunate that zebra mussels have been spread to a new lake, I remain hopeful that these occurrences will be less frequent as more people have become aware of zebra mussels, their impacts and how to prevent moving them.”
Notices will be posted at various locations around the lake, and live fish may not be transported from Aquatic Nuisance Species-designated waters.
The agency urged lake-goers to take the following precautions to help avoid the spread of the aquatic nuisance:
• Clean, drain and dry boats and equipment between uses
• Use wild-caught bait only in the lake or pool where it was caught
• Do not move live fish from waters infested with zebra mussels or other aquatic nuisance species
• Drain livewells and bilges and remove drain plugs from all vessels prior to transport from any Kansas water on a public highway
For more information about aquatic nuisance species in Kansas, report a possible ANS, or see a list of ANS-designated waters, visit ProtectKSWaters.org. For information about Lyon State Fishing Lake, visit KSOutdoors.com, click on Fishing, then Where to Fish and select the Northeast region.