- Wash your boat at the ramp, presuming running water is available. Just to be safe, carry a length of garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle, and a soft-bristle brush in your tow vehicle. Wash off the boat with a product such as Star Brite Hull Wash as well as the trailer, outboard engine, and trolling motor before heading down the road.
- Make sure livewells and bilges are emptied of water.
- Once home, park the boat somewhere it can dry out—preferably for at least two days.
- Even if you live in a state that allows felt-bottomed waders, use boots with regular soles or studded soles whenever practical and safe. Companies like Korkers and Simms have a wide choice of boots.
- There are a number of websites that provide information on how to identify juvenile Asian carp from native species such as shad and herring. Michigan and Wisconsin DNR websites are two good sources.
- Juvenile Asian carp have been mistakenly sold as shiners or shad minnows. Don’t dump unused minnows in the lake you just got through fishing.
- If you spot or suspect that you’ve seen an invasive species somewhere where it hasn’t been reported, contact the department of natural resources in your state as quickly as possible.