Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Ashtabula
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Ashtabula.
The state’s Game and Fish Department says an angler discovered a suspected zebra mussel last week and turned it in. Subsequent inspections found populations of zebra mussels of various ages throughout the lake.
Lake Ashtabula is an impoundment on the Sheyenne River in Barnes and Griggs counties. It’s operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and open for boating, swimming, fishing, camping and skiing.
The Game and Fish Department has now classified Lake Ashtabula and the Sheyenne River downstream all the way to the Red River as Class I aquatic nuisance species infested waters.
Emergency rules go into effect immediately to prohibit moving water away from the lake and river, including water for transferring bait.