|Photo courtesy of MTFWP at montana.gov|
I went up to Canyon Ferry Reservoir yesterday to chase some mirror carp, cool off, and also check out the mandatory mussel decontamination stations. I had been reluctant to launch the boat on Canyon Ferry because I didn't know what the decontamination at the end of the day would entail. At first, the idea of power washing my newly refinished wooden boat with hot water made me a little panicky.
To be clear, decontamination stations are at the boat launches on Cayon Ferry and Tibor Reservoirs (water bodies with detected zebra/quagga mussels). There are boat checkpoints all over the state that have the ability to decontaminate a vessel but these decontamination stations are a bit more comprehensive. My plan was to fish all day and then take a few pictures or a video of the decontamination process to share with folks that may be apprehensive or just curious.
So why then, is there a picture from Montana.gov and not a bunch from me? It's because it went so fast that I didn't even have a chance to ask if it was ok to film!!
Here's why it went so fast. At the launch, while taking my boat out, I made sure to:
- Drain the boat
- Removed all my flooring mats
- I left the oars in place and my trolling motor attached.
- I took out all my fishing stuff and pulled the gear out of my storage compartments
- I used my Montana FWP sponge (free at checkpoints) to quickly wipe up any water that did not drain
So there you have it. Go to Canyon Ferry and have fun. It's no big deal. There is a mandatory engine flush for larger gas powered boats which will take a couple more minutes, but still.