banner-anglerAquatic invasive species have the potential to negatively impact recreational fishing waters by limiting access to good fishing spots, reducing the size and weight of fish, reducing catch rates, increasing fish kills, and causing damage to boats and equipment.  Whenever you fish, you have the potential to transport aquatic invasive species to or from the area where you are fishing. Your gear, clothing, and boat can all act as pathways for transporting aquatic invasive species.


Remove all mud, dirt, sand and all visible plants and animals from:

  • nets
  • fishing rods and reels
  • fishing line
  • lures
  • creels
  • buckets
  • boots/shoes/waders
  • boat and trailer
  • props
  • trolling motor
  • wading stick
  • downriggers
  • anchors
  • ropes
  • and any other items used in and around the water


  • Eliminate water from all equipment before transporting it. Do not wash your boat or gear or drain them near a storm drain. Most storm drains flow directly into lakes and other waters.


  • If any area of any equipment, clothing, boat, or trailer is moist, it can harbor aquatic invasive species for a long period of time. Allow sufficient time for all of your equipment to dry before you go fishing again, especially if you have used your equipment in infested waters.


  • If you cannot allow a sufficient amount of time for all of your equipment to dry between uses, it is recommended that you disinfect your gear using a salt or vinegar solution.

Do not release fish into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for more information on fishing regulations and seasons.

Remember Discover Pass!

Discover Passes are required when launching at the Lake Samish WDFW Boat Launch and the Lake Whatcom South Bay WDFW Boat Launch.

News & Updates

Vegetarian Piranha

pacuIn 2013, an exotic Pacu (known as the vegetarian piranha) was discovered by an angler at Lake Ki, northwest of Marysville. Pacu can grow up to three or four feet long and, like their cousins, have big teeth!

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snakeheadIn 2012, a northern snakehead was caught in a pond in Burnaby, B.C.. Native to China. Snakeheads are highly invasive, grow to several feet in length, and have rows of sharp, pointy teeth.

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columbia-riverIf the Columbia River Basin were to become infested with zebra or quagga mussels it would result in annual costs of $26 million.