2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

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Did you hear the exciting news? The Willmar Lakes Area was chosen to host the 2018 MN Governor’s Fishing Opener! 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!

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.

Community Involvement
Would you like to help? An event of this size needs a lot of volunteers. We’ll need volunteers to help plan, to be fishing hosts and to help at each of the different activities. Events take place starting Thursday, May 10th and run through Sunday, May 13th.

Are there certain committees you’d like to be a part of to help plan? Are there certain things you are really good at and would like to help with? Do you have a fishing boat and would like to be host for someone on Saturday, May 12th?

If you are interested in being part of a planning committee or a volunteer during the event, please email us at info@willmarlakesarea.com. Please give us your name, contact information and what you’d be interested in helping with.

For more information on what a fishing host is, please click here. If you are interested in being a fishing host, please fill out the online application form here.

We will keep your name and contact information on file and contact you when we have something for you to help with.

For a list of committees and descriptions Click Here.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. By email at info@willmarlakesarea.com or by calling us at 320-235-3552.

Questions? Contact us.

Willmar Lakes Areas CVB
2104 East Highway 12
Willmar, MN 56201

Email: info@willmarlakesarea.com
PHONE: (800) 845-8747

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