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The 71st Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener¬†will be held May 11-13, 2018 in the Willmar Lakes Area, including the communities of Willmar, Spicer, and New London.


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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