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    So I took a coupla days off and took my best bud up to Lone Pine, his home town, to do some fishing. We took the boat to get some seat time and drown some worms in Lake Diaz. Diaz is about 1/2 the size of Thompson Bay, has a boat limit of five(5), and is part of the LA Aqueduct.

    We get to the lake and the launch ramp is chained closed with a sign "call xxx-xxxx for assistance". Never seen that before, so we make the call. The Inyo County Ranger answers with just a "hello"...

    About a half-hour later, Hot-Rod (his nickname around town) comes out and does a complete inspection of the boat, inside and out, for Quagga Mussels, along with a safety check. We have to fill-out a one-page document stating where and when the boat was last used (2 outings). Whole process took nearly 1 hour...

    Since he's the only guy in town covering the various County properties that day(Thursday), we had to call to get "off" the water. We bring the boat out and he puts this ID strap on the boat, which certifies that it's "Mussel Free" when we get to the next lake.



    Not sure if this is in effect at other California Lakes, or just applicable to the waters of the LA Aquaduct / Eastern Sierra. Anybody run into this at Crowley, Pyramid, Castaic, etc....
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    Quote Originally Posted by shueman View Post
    So I took a coupla days off and took my best bud up to Lone Pine, his home town, to do some fishing. We took the boat to get some seat time and drown some worms in Lake Diaz. Diaz is about 1/2 the size of Thompson Bay, has a boat limit of five(5), and is part of the LA Aqueduct.

    We get to the lake and the launch ramp is chained closed with a sign "call xxx-xxxx for assistance". Never seen that before, so we make the call. The Inyo County Ranger answers with just a "hello"...

    About a half-hour later, Hot-Rod (his nickname around town) comes out and does a complete inspection of the boat, inside and out, for Quagga Mussels, along with a safety check. We have to fill-out a one-page document stating where and when the boat was last used (2 outings). Whole process took nearly 1 hour...

    Since he's the only guy in town covering the various County properties that day(Thursday), we had to call to get "off" the water. We bring the boat out and he puts this ID strap on the boat, which certifies that it's "Mussel Free" when we get to the next lake.



    Not sure if this is in effect at other California Lakes, or just applicable to the waters of the LA Aquaduct / Eastern Sierra. Anybody run into this at Crowley, Pyramid, Castaic, etc....
    They have been putting a rist band from my trailer to the boats bow eye at lake perris, And that startet around 5/4/09 I believe it was. Before you go in you will need to get checked, Then before you leave their is a guy by the ramp that will recheck the boat and put the band on. All they do is have you lift the hatch and look for water and pull the drain plug and look at it, Is all they are really doing. But some times the line can get long so with the band still on the boat you will not need to wait in line you can go around. Also that band they said is good for silverwood to. Also they said they will be checking for this at all the boarders coming in to CA has any one seen this yet?
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    I live in Bishop. They started inspecting boats last year during the fishing opener, but only for Crowley Lake. Now they have included Diaz Lake and a smaller lake called Klondike.

    Most likely will include all Eastern Sierra lakes sooner or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blefever View Post
    I live in Bishop. They started inspecting boats last year during the fishing opener, but only for Crowley Lake. Now they have included Diaz Lake and a smaller lake called Klondike.

    Most likely will include all Eastern Sierra lakes sooner or later.
    I read about Klondike...kinda suprised by Diaz, since is not a "flow through"...good to see the effort...

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    Lake Tahoe TARP is also doing the Quagga/Zebra mussel seal. Supposedly, they apply the seal to your boat when you leave and you can return to Tahoe without further inspection as long as the seal remains unbroken. The seal may even be accepted for other lakes.

    http://www.trpa.org/default.aspx?tabindex=1&tabid=351

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDQH2O View Post
    Lake Tahoe TARP is also doing the Quagga/Zebra mussel seal. Supposedly, they apply the seal to your boat when you leave and you can return to Tahoe without further inspection as long as the seal remains unbroken. The seal may even be accepted for other lakes.

    http://www.trpa.org/default.aspx?tabindex=1&tabid=351
    I read that Big Bear, Silverwood, Perris, etc. also banding, and charging for the inspection...good to hear. An unbroken seal should get you a bypass anywhere...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shueman View Post
    I read that Big Bear, Silverwood, Perris, etc. also banding, and charging for the inspection...good to hear. An unbroken seal should get you a bypass anywhere...
    When we boated Big Bear last August they inspected for sure, then pressure washed. After that is OK to launch. No additional charge other then the typical Lake Permit.

    I got nabbed for Quagga's at Vidal Junction last October. What a mess that was. Fish and game took control, I went into quarantine, then I had to wait for an official inspection, which ended up not happening and just a waiting period to be sure the QM's were dead. They take control of the registration through computer and if your caught using the boat during that time frame it's big problems.

    I am not knocking a thing. Glad they are doing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shueman View Post
    I read that Big Bear, Silverwood, Perris, etc. also banding, and charging for the inspection...good to hear. An unbroken seal should get you a bypass anywhere...
    I agree, at least they now have a game plan. I was at Piru last year and showed up with the boat a little wet from washing it and gave me a very hard time because I had AZ numbers. I don't mind the inspections at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_Lorenze View Post
    I agree, at least they now have a game plan. I was at Piru last year and showed up with the boat a little wet from washing it and gave me a very hard time because I had AZ numbers. I don't mind the inspections at all...

    I agree with the inspections and the effort to control the spread of these foreign invaders, what I object to and find despicable is agency's, like TRPA, effort to profit from this incursion by attaching a fee to the inspection.
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    So far lake perris has not charged me yet, And I was out their on 5/20/09

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