Open water fishing soon, do your part to prevent AIS

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.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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