2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

May 10, 2018 - May 13, 2018  


Date(s) - May 10, 2018 - May 13, 2018
All Day


Saulsbury Beach


  • Community Event,  
  • Outdoors,  
  • Sports,  

We are so excited to be hosting the Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Willmar Lakes Area!! The 71st annual event will take place on Green Lake in Spicer with events taking place in Willmar, Spicer and New London. We can’t wait to show off our great communities and what they have to offer!

To our Media Guests
We look forward to being your hosts for the weekend and introducing you to all the sights and sounds of the Willmar Lakes Area! We’ve planned a wide variety of tours and activities we think you’ll really enjoy, plus we’ve compiled some unique story ideas that will give you a glimpse into the lives of the friendly, diverse, and hardworking people who are proud to call this place home.

To our Sponsors
Thank you so much for your support! We invite you to take advantage of your full sponsor package and be our honored guest throughout the weekend. Please register each person from your group who will be attending at mngovernorsopener.com.

To our Community Members
Help make the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener a resounding success!

1. Buy a raffle ticket! Purchase your $10 raffle ticket at The Fan Zone in the Kandi Mall, The Oaks at Eagle Creek, The Country Stop in New London, Spicer City Offices, the Willmar Lakes Area CVB Office, or from any member of the Executive Committee. All proceeds go to help cover the cost of the event. Prizes will be drawn on the evening of May 12th. You do not need to be present to win.
   Grand Prize — 2018 Tracker Pro Guide V175 with trailer and Mercury 150 outboard motor ($31,000 value!)
   2nd Prize — Traeger Pro 22 Pellet Grill
   3rd Prize — Yeti Package

2. Join us for Rockin’ Robbins Fishin’ Edition! The Willmar Rotary Club has added a fifth concert to their popular Rockin’ Robbins summer concert series, just for the Governor’s Fishing Opener! Rockin’ Robbins Fishin’ Edition takes place out at Robbins Island on Friday, May 11th from 4:30 PM to 8 PM. You’ll enjoy a free picnic meal, meet representatives from the Governor’s Office, and be entertained by one of the region’s most talented and entertaining stage bands — the Dam Jammers! Mark your calendar and spread the word!

Download an event flyer

About the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. It was designed to improve Minnesota’s economy through the development and promotion of the state’s recreational opportunities, especially fishing. The first opener was a cooperative promotion between the state’s resort industry, media, and public officials. Today, the emphasis is even broader. It celebrates the kickoff of the summer tourism season. The special partnership continues today with a promotional focus on a host community as well as recreational opportunities statewide.

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