2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

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We had a blast hosting the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Willmar Lakes Area!! The 71st annual event took place on Green Lake in Spicer with events and activities happening in Willmar, Spicer and New London. We just loved showing off our great communities and what they have to offer and we hope you liked them too!

Fishing Challenge Winners

  • Largest Northern — 29.5 inches by Rick Sorenson, Pat Forcier, Mike Black
  • Largest Bass — 20 inch largemouth by Cynthia Porter
  • Largest Walleye — 25 inch by Derek Gunderson

Raffle Ticket Winners

We are excited to announce the raffle ticket winners:

  • Grand Prize — 2018 Tracker Pro Guide V175 with Trailer and Mercury 150 went to Brienna Jones
  • 2nd Prize — Traeger Pro 22 Pellet Grill went to Brian Boonstra
  • 3rd Prize — Yeti Package went to Zach Kaskey

We want to thank all the amazing sponsors that made the 2018 MN Governor’s Fishing Opener possible! This event couldn’t have happened without you. Click Here to see all of our Sponsors.

We’d also like to give a huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers that stepped up to help with this event. You were great ambassadors to our community and we’re still hearing how nice and helpful everyone was.

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Questions? Contact the CVB