Zebra Mussels, Norris Lake - East Tennessee Fishing

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Old 07-12-2010, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We now have zebra mussels in Norris around Shanghai Marina and they are also prevalent in Melton Hill around Jackass Hollow. The problem probably stems from boaters that moved from a lake containing Zebra Mussels to Norris Lake without doing a washdown of their bilge and/or livewell.



The mussels in Melton Hill are just moving up the navigatable waters of the Tennessee River. But we need to be very vigilant about moving from one body of water to the next and what we may carry. Please wash down your bilge and livewell areas everytime you go to the lake.



Use warm to hot water and mix one cup of bleach to five gallons of water and pour into livewell. Plug and then run livewell on all cycles for fifteen minutes (including pumpout), let sit, drain through the lowest opening. If livewell is separate use the same mixture and clean bilge, let stand, and then drain through lowest opening. Once complete, open all hatches and let livewell and bilge air dry.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh, great, but I guess it was inevitable. They just found Asian carp in the Great Lakes and now it's only a matter of time before zebra mussels are in all of out East Tennessee lakes as well. There's no telling what damage these two in invasive species will do to the fishing.
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I just seen that asian carp that was caught in a tributarie of lake michigan. I no they have those electronic barrires to try stopping the asian carp from getting into lake michigan, dont think its workin. As far as the zebra mussels they are all over the place out here lake michigan is so clear you can be sitting in twenty feet of water and still see the bottom clear as day, and that is because of the zebra mussels. Not sure if the zebra mussels have had a big impact on fishing, the asian carp on the other hand there saying it could wipe out every native species.
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I just seen that asian carp that was caught in a tributarie of lake michigan. I no they have those electronic barrires to try stopping the asian carp from getting into lake michigan, dont think its workin. As far as the zebra mussels they are all over the place out here lake michigan is so clear you can be sitting in twenty feet of water and still see the bottom clear as day, and that is because of the zebra mussels. Not sure if the zebra mussels have had a big impact on fishing, the asian carp on the other hand there saying it could wipe out every native species.


I've heard people claim Zebra Muscles have helped populations of Yellow Perch and Smallmouth Bass up north. They clear up the water allowing more sunlight to reach further down into the water helping algae and plants. Who knows, it could be incredible for fishing.
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....and now it's only a matter of time before zebra mussels are in all of out East Tennessee lakes as well....
Zebra mussels have been in Chickamauga and Watts Bar since before 1993.
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