Alligatorweed grows in floating mats along the shoreline but it can grow underwater and on land which makes it more difficult to eradicate. Floating mats get hung up around dams, fallen trees, and other structures, especially boat ramps and can grow entirely across waterways. The mats also harbor mosquitoes. Boaters must use great care not to transport it from one body of water to another on a boat or trailer.
Herbicides are primarily used to manage alligatorweed in North Carolina. Insects have been successful in Florida but they cannot over-winter very well North Carolina.
If you believe you see hydrilla or alligatorweed in the lake, make note of the location and contact one of the following:
Duke Energy Aquatic Weed Program
Ken Manuel 704-875-5424 or email@example.com
SC Department of Natural Resources
1-803-755-2872 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about these plants and how you can help:
SC DNR Aquatic Nuisance Species Program website
NC Aquatic Weed Control Program website
Invasive Aquatic Plant Management in South Carolina website
NCSU Aquatic Plant Management website
OTHER SPECIES - FISH
The northern snakehead, an Asian predatory fish, has been caught from Lake Wylie. In a worst case scenario, if northern snakeheads become established, they are so voracious they could decimate game fish in the Catawba River Basin.
Learn to identify the northern snakehead from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Fishing FAQS
If you believe you have caught a northern snakehead, keep it, freeze it in a plastic bag and call the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at 919-707-0220.
What if I catch one of the sterile Asian grass carp? Asian grass carp are fragile and will die if simply tossed back into the water. If at all possible, do not remove it from the water. Handle it carefully, hold it under the water while you remove the hook and it revives. Continue holding it until it can push out of your hand. Each sterile grass carp costs between $ 5.00 to $ 12.00 and was purchased to protect the lake from overgrowth of hydrilla. Please return the fish to the lake.