Minnesota Opener Declared Clean Drain Dry Day

Gov. Tim Walz's proclamation spotlights how we can help to curb the spread of invasive species

Minnesota Opener Declared Clean Drain Dry Day

Photo courtesy of Wildlife Forever

White Bear Lake, MN - To celebrate Minnesota’s fishing opener on Saturday, May 11, Gov. Tim Walz declared the day Clean Drain Dry Day, spotlighting invasive species and how all boaters and anglers can help preserve a robust fishing pastime and state economy.

Home to 1.4 million anglers, fishing in Minnesota generates more than $2.6 billion of economic activity and supports over 26,000 jobs. That’s right, 26,000 jobs. Invasive species are a direct serious threat now to local economies and recreationists accessing public waters. Preventing and managing the spread of harmful invasive species is up to everyone.

Wildlife Forever applauds the many partners combating invasive species from soil and watershed conservation districts, lake associations, county, state and federal agencies along with non-governmental organizations united under a common theme of Clean Drain Dry.

WildlifeForever
Wildlife Forever image

Here’s one simple directive for all bait anglers; Trash Unused Bait!


Nonnative minnows and worms can do serious harm on land and in the water. Working with partners across the state, Wildlife Forever coordinates statewide public outreach and educational efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species.


“Clean Drain Dry Day is a great opportunity for all anglers to get back into the mindset of cleaning all equipment and gear to prevent accidental spread of invasive species. I’m happy to see Governor Walz recognizing the treasure our lakes and rivers are in supporting our local economies and the Minnesota way of life,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

This year, Albert Lea hosted the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener. Local groups planned to send a strong Clean Drain Dry message with highway billboards, sidewalk boards, posters and handouts to the public.

Click here to see WCCO-TV’s video report on the Opener, including a big northern pike caught by Wildlife Forever’s Doug Grann while the camera was rolling.

Wildlife Forever would like to remind all boaters, anglers, property owners and businesses to spread the Clean Drain Dry message and protect our local waters from invasive species. Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. all boats, trailers and gear.


The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is a national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Coordinated messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn how you can participate, contact: Dane Huinker: DHuinker@WildlifeForever.org

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. For over 30 years, WF members have helped fund thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth in our nation’s outdoor heritage and stewardship, visit www.WildlifeForever.org. Get involved, donate and help prevent the spread of invasive species, at www.CleanDrainDry.org

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance's Lucas Steward shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead what all of the fuss is about in the brand new Ghost trolling motor being brought to market by the Tulsa, Okla.-based fishing equipment manufacturer.

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Pure Fishing's Andrew Wheeler tells Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead all about the brand new Abu Garcia Virtual rod that integrates Bluetooth technology through a free ANGLR smartphone app.

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead gets new product details from Simms Fishing Product's John Frazier about the new waterproof 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch.

Mustad

Mustad's New Tungsten Weights

Long known as one of the world's premiere hook makers, Mustad's Reid McKinstry shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead that the company is now one of the leaders in making tungsten terminal tackle products for anglers.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

 A 7 pound giant taken on a jig during the pre-spawn transistion in the Midwest.

Although the art Bass

4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass

Chris Schneider - August 25, 2015

A 7 pound giant taken on a jig during the pre-spawn transistion in the Midwest. Although...

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near anything that fits in their mouths. Catfish

5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures

Keith Sutton - September 16, 2015

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near...

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll find the Garden State's hottest bass fishing. Destinations

7 Best Bets for New Jersey Bass

J.B. Kasper - October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll find the...

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish. Records

Upon Further Review: 70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided

G&F Online Staff - May 22, 2019

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish.

See More Trending Articles

More Conservation & Politics

Investigators say they weighed in largemouths caught at a different lake. News

Utah Men Charged With Cheating in Bass Tournament

Game & Fish Online Staff - March 23, 2020

Investigators say they weighed in largemouths caught at a different lake.

The bipartisan bill aims to permanently fund the LWCF; it has President Trump's support. Conservation & Politics

Bill Proposes Continued Land and Water Conservation Fund Support

Lynn Burkhead - March 06, 2020

The bipartisan bill aims to permanently fund the LWCF; it has President Trump's support.

It's been two decades since spring snow goose season was federally mandated. Is it working? Conservation & Politics

Revisiting the Light Goose Conservation Order

M.D. Johnson - March 30, 2020

It's been two decades since spring snow goose season was federally mandated. Is it working?

In this lesson, “Hollywood Weapons” host and former Green Beret Terry Schappert will talk about how to transform your “go bag” of emergency essentials into a “get home bag.”

Shelter in Place – ‘Go Bag' and ‘Get Home Bag' Essentials

Outdoor Channel Public Service Announcement - April 08, 2020

In this lesson, “Hollywood Weapons” host and former Green Beret Terry Schappert will talk...

See More Conservation & Politics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.