California anglers inspect boats

Members of California's Golden State Bass Club and Basin Bassmasters took measures to prevent the spread of invasive species during the 2011 Golden State Bass Club Open Tournament on Folsom Lake.

"For our annual open tournament, we carefully inspected each boat competing in the tournament prior to entering the water and distributed literature on invasive species to anglers to prevent lake contamination by invasive species," explained Golden State club member Dave Castro.

"Volunteer training was accomplished via online videos for how to inspect watercraft for invasive species."

The clubs also worked to improve tournament fish care during the event.

"Anglers were briefed on rules, including penalties for dead fish," said Castro. "Tournament volunteers performed such services as fizzing fish, monitoring fish in holding tanks and transporting fish back to the lake via a release vehicle."


This article is part of the Invasive Species segment of the larger report, 2011 Annual Achievements in B.A.S.S. Conservation.