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MT anglers adjust as aquatic invasive species force changes to waterways

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BOZEMAN - Yellowstone National Park has issued a new ban to protect its waters from aquatic invasive species.

Due to the discovery of invasive species in some of Montana’s waterways, multiple agencies have been taking action to stop their spread.

The latest move has come from Yellowstone National Park. This 2018 boat season, all felt waders and boots will be banned from the park’s waters.

The National Park Service says that rubber sole boots will be allowed, as anglers can clean those better to get the organisms off.

“It doesn’t dry as fast as a rubber and it’s kind of like a sponge, so it makes a good house for small organisms to get in there,” said John Frazier, Community Specialist, Simms Fishing Products, of felt boots and waders.

Frazier said it’s important to always clean off your boots, no matter which type you have or which river you’re fishing.

“Anywhere there is going to be mud or grass or debris, where these organisms live, you’re really going to want to wash them off and make sure all the mud, all the grass is off the boot,” Frazier said. “And then you are really going to want to let it dry.”

This approach should be taken with all gear, including waders, boots, and boats. Yellowstone says that your gear should dry in the sun for at least 5 days.

Click here to read the park’s fishing regulations to learn more about the ban. 

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