Fishing Opener Reminders

With the fishing opener this weekend, it is important for anglers to remember to “clean, drain, dispose every time” to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Every time a boat comes out of the water, take a few minutes for invasive species prevention. This is true whether or not their is an enforcement officer or watercraft inspector present at the launch. Remember that this is the law in Minnesota.  The required steps are to:

  • Clean aquatic plants and debris from the watercraft,
  • Drain lake or river water and keep drain plugs out during transportation, and
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash – not in the water.

It is also recommended by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that anglers: spray boat and trailer with high-pressure water; rinse boat and trailer with very hot water (120 degrees for 2 min or 140 degrees for 10 sec); or dry boat and equipment for at least 10 days.

More information is available at

Although outdoor activities are allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, per Executive Order 20-38, the DNR urges outdoor enthusiasts to:

  • Stay close to home
  • Not congregate when outdoors
  • Follow social distancing guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Remain home if they are ill or exhibiting any symptoms consistent with COVID-19

What does social distancing mean while boating?

  • Only boat with people in your immediate household – do not invite guests or anyone outside your household onto your boat
  • Do not go boating if someone in your group is feeling sick or may have been exposed to someone who is sick
  • When launching your boat, keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others

Most state-managed public accesses are open, though the availability of amenities, such as docks, are contingent upon seasonal maintenance.

More information is available on the DNR COVID-19 Response webpage.

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