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Kare11 reported tonight that the DNR has found Zebra Mussels in Prior Lake which is a South Metro lake. Mussels are found in the Mississippi and St Croix rivers and a only a few lakes in the State.

The DNR is asking that we all inspect our boats before we launch this year and every time we remove our boat from area lakes.

"Mussels attach to boat hulls, fishing equipment, nets, boat lifts, and can be transported on those materials, or aquatic plants. Microscopic larvae may be carried in water".

Drain your live wells and bait buckets to avoid transporting the Mussels from lake to lake.

I make it a point to rinse the livewells with fresh water when I get home after every trip.

To view the article go to kare11 and search on Zebra.

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I love eating zebra mussels, if you get your hands on any of them I will take them!!! YUM

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Unfortunately they are here to stay. And even more unfortunate, it's only a matter of time before the end up in mille lacs (which I actually think they already are), leech, winnie, cass, lotw, url, gull, whitefish chain, vermilion, minnetonka, etc...basically all the popular places.

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In the article, it is mentioned that zebra mussels have long made their home on a handful of Minnesota lakes and the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers.

What Minnesota lakes have had them present for an extended amount of time and how have they affected the bodies of water?

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Here is a list of infected lakes in MN.

Waters infested with zebra mussels.

The following water bodies are infested with zebra mussel (Dreissena spp.).

Name DNR Protected Waters

Inventory Number

Benton County

Little Rock Channel 05-0012

Little Rock Lake 05-0013

Crow Wing County

Black Bear Lake 18-0140

Boom Lake 18-0529

Half-Moon Lake 18-0238

Little Rabbit Lake 18-0139

Miller Lake 18-0133

Ossawinnamakee Lake 18-0352

Pelican Brook, from the source at Ossawinnamakee Lake to the Pine River

Pickerel Lake 18-0232

Pine River, from the mouth of Pelican Brook to the Mississippi River

Rice Lake 18-0145

Unnamed wetland 18-0235

Unnamed wetland none

(located in the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 3, Township 135N Range 27W)

Unnamed wetland none

(located in the NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 2, Township 46N Range 30W)

Unnamed wetland none

(located in the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 2, Township 46N Range 30W)

Unnamed wetland none

(located in the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 33, Township 135N Range 27W)

Unnamed wetland none

(located in the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 33 of Township 46N Range 30W)

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Mille Lacs County

Lake Mille Lacs 48-0002

Ogechie Lake 48-0014

Onamia Lake 48-0009

Shakopee Lake 48-0012

Tributaries to Lake Mille Lacs, from their mouth upstream to the first public road

Olmsted County

Lake Zumbro 55-0004

Ramsey County

Charlie Lake 62-0062

Pleasant Lake 62-0046

Sucker Lake 62-0028

Lake Vadnais 62-0038

Washington County

St. Croix River, downstream of the St. Croix Boomsite Recreation Area, at river mile 25.4

Wright County

Fish Lake 86-0183

Multiple Counties

Mississippi River, from the mouth of the Pine River in Crow Wing County

to the Minnesota – Iowa border

Rum River

St. Louis River, downstream of the Fond du Lac dam

Lake Superior 16-0001

Zumbro River, downstream of Lake Zumbro

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