AIS Laws

To view Minnesota's Invasive Species Laws Please visit the Minnesota DNR website 

Minnesota’s Clean, Drain, Dispose Laws (page 9 in the fishing handbook)

  • Clean all plants and aquatic animals from watercraft, trailers, and other water-related equipment before leaving any access.
  • Drain water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait container, motor) and drain bilge, live well and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving any water access or shoreland property.
  • Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in the trash.
    • It is illegal to release bait into a waterbody
    • It is illegal to release worms
    • If you want to keep your bait, you must drain all water and refill with bottled or tap water.
  • Violating these laws could result in up to a $1,000 fine. To report a violation, contact a DNR Conservation Officer.