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2016 Fishing Opener Logo 2The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, being held this year in the Lake Vermilion area, 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.

Latest News:

  • McGregor to Host 2016 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Alyssa Ebel, Explore Minnesota, 651-757-1857 ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 9, 2015) – Next year’s Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be held on Big Sandy Lake in the McGregor area, May 12-14, 2016. This will be the first time in the history of the Governor’s Fishing Opener that the ...
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  • Images available of 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 7, 2015) – Photos from this weekend’s Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Lake Vermilion area and Fortune Bay Resort Casino will be posted for the media on Friday, May 8, in the evening and Saturday, May 9, in the afternoon.
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  • They are the only store in town!
    Check out the Soudan Store in Soudan, Minnesota, where the small convenience store is literally the only store in town! The friendly staff will serve you up a fresh cup of coffee, make you an amazing ice cream cone or sell you a fishing license as you head out onto beautiful Lake Vermilion! Contact: Terry Wagner, ...
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  • Everyone loves pizza, but not everyone has what it takes to eat a Vermilion Club Bamboozeler!
    The Bamboozeler, which measures a whopping 24”  is world renowned, and feeds 6 to 9 adults. However, if you can eat it by yourself, it is on the house! Contact: Talia Mickolich, 217-753-6277.
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  • From Fishing to Folk Dance
    Throughout the seasons, the Lake Vermilion community gathers at White Eagle Resort to connect through the timeless tradition of dance. Folk musicians Carol Booth and Jim Ganahl and their band Friends on the Range play the music. The accordion, fiddle, flute, piano, and trumpet are among the instruments heard. Carol and Jim also provide instruction ...
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