MN Fishing Opener – Clean Drain Dry Day – May 14, 2022

As fishing and boating seasons officially kick off on Saturday, May 14th, Wildlife Forever, Brown SWCD, and leading conservation groups from across the state and country proclaim Saturday, May 14th as Clean Drain Dry Day. Supporting organizations have signed a Conservation Proclamation to highlight the importance of invasive species awareness when boating and angling.

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” will awake on Saturday, May 14th to the official start of Minnesota’s fishing season. Across the state, over 1.6 million anglers will trade in their winter coats and hats for fishing rods and life jackets: all the while keeping a keen eye on lookout for invasive species.

Fishing and boating generate 300 billion dollars to the U.S. economy where revenues are used to fund habitat restoration, stocking, and other conservation efforts. Invasive species pose a direct threat to local economies and natural resources by reducing biodiversity, water quality and impeding access for recreation. Clean Drain Dry Day is a moment to remind all recreational users of the simple steps to help prevent invasive species spread.

“We are extremely thankful for Governor Tim Walz’s recognition of Clean Drain Dry Day, which educates and empowers our state’s anglers to protect our waters from the ever-growing threat of invasive species. Minnesota’s legacy is rooted in clean, sustainable, and accessible waterways, and it is up to us to safeguard these invaluable resources for today, tomorrow, and generations to come.”, said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever. 

Brown SWCD is dedicated to protecting our community from the impacts caused by AIS. We want to thank our local and state partners for working together to educate the importance of Clean Drain Dry.  

View Governor Walz Clean Drain Dry Day Proclamation here:

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Coordinated invasive species messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications, and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn how you can get involved or sponsor, contact:  Elliott Engen:

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 35 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game, and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit

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