The closures around Twin Falls continue to expand due to the detection of Quagga Mussels in the Snake River. Many areas have been closed off to all types of watercraft since early last week and now some locations are also closed to fishing.

Fishing Is Closed In These Areas Of Twin Falls

The locations that have been closed to watercraft access include more than the section of the Snake River near Centennial Waterpark where the Quagga Mussels were found, out of precaution to stop the larvae from spreading to other bodies of water. The areas closed to fishing are less restrictive, but just as important. The larvae of the invasive species can attach to fishing gear and spread to other bodies of water the same as they could on a boat or kayak. That’s why the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Idaho Fish and Game have closed such a large section of the Snake River.

The closure, which applies to fishing and watercraft access, includes the section of the Snake River from the Twin Falls Power Plant all the way to the Buhl Bridge/Highway 46 Bridge. Authorities are still seeing people attempting to access the waterways in boats and with fishing gear. KMVT reports that the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the cooperation of the public in making this effort to eradicate the mussels a success.

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Watercraft are not allowed at the Twin Falls Power Plant, Centennial Waterpark, the Shoshone Falls river access, Dierkes Lake, Murtaugh Lake, Wilson Lake, Cedar Creek, and Salmon Falls Reservoir. Signs are posted at these locations to alert the public of the situation and the restrictions could be lifted by Friday.

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