As Minnesotans get ready for the open water fishing season, the DNR is reminding anglers to do their part to prevent the spread of invasive species.
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° for two minutes; or 140° for 10 seconds); or
- Dry boat and equipment for at least five days.