Outdoor reminders ahead of fishing opener

As Minnesota looks forward to a recreational weekend, the DNR has a couple of reminders.

Dry conditions in northern Minnesota have kept the region under high fire danger, with many counties remaining under open burning restrictions.

Campers are reminded to use caution around open flame, and if a campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Nearly 900 wildland fires have burned more than 32,000 acres since the beginning of March.

As Minnesotans take to the lakes for fishing opener, anglers and boaters are reminded to follow the law to stop the spread of aquatic 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.

During the pandemic, millions of new boaters and anglers purchased boats, fishing licenses, and equipment, in search of safe outdoor activities.

Educating this new audience about invasive species and the Clean Drain Dry conservation practices is important to protect the resource and future of outdoor recreation. Invasive species are preventable; their spread can be slowed by giving every craft a thorough inspection before and after entering a waterbody.

“Fishing and boating season is a great time to enjoy the thousands of lakes and waterways that Minnesota has to offer. However, to protect our state’s waters we must be diligent. Invasive species are preventable, and everyone needs to do their part to stop the spread. Every boat, every time,” said Sarah Strommen, MN Department of Natural Resources Commissioner.

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