Fishing season comes with a reminder to always follow Minnesota’s laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. 

Along with taking care to follow social distancing guidelines while fishing and boating, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it’s also important to take a few minutes for invasive species prevention every time a boat comes out of the water.

“All anglers and boaters in Minnesota are required to take three simple steps: clean, drain, dispose,” Salo said. “It’s not only the best way to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, but it’s also the law in Minnesota.”

People must clean aquatic plants and debris from watercraft, drain lake or river water and keep drain plugs out during transport, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not in the water.

In addition to these required steps, the DNR also recommends that anglers:

Spray boat and trailer with high-pressure water;

Rinse boat and trailer with very hot water (120 degrees for two minutes; or 140 degrees for 10 seconds); or

Dry boat and equipment for at least five days.

More information is available at mndnr.gov/AIS.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Order 20-38 allows people to be outdoors, engaging in activities such as walking, running, fishing and hunting. 

More information, including a video with social distancing tips while boating, is available on the DNR COVID-19 Response webpage www.dnr.state.mn.us/covid-19.html.

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