Fall Is a Perfect Time to Experience Fishing in Otter Tail County


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School is back in session; nights are getting longer and the leaves on the trees are changing colors. Fall is in the air. Many summer residents and visitors have left for the season, and lakes in Otter Tail County are much quieter. You don’t have to wait until spring to get in on the excellent fishing in Otter Tail County. Fall can be a fantastic time to go fishing.  Local fishing guide Randin Olson of Lock Jaw Guide Service and a volunteer boat host for the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener says this is arguably the best time of year to be on the water. Fish are actively feeding, and the big fish are fattening up for a long, cold winter. “The temps may get cold, but fishing can be red hot. And with 1,048 lakes in the county, you are never far away from a great bite.” 

Meanwhile, the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Opener planning committee continues preparing to host the 73rd Annual event in May of next year.  “It is great to see the ideas turning into concrete plans,” said Erik Osberg, Chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Planning Committee. “Dozens of people have been working hard all summer to make sure the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is an event to remember.” The county wide celebration will run May 7-10, 2020, and is a collaborative effort between Explore Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Governor’s Office and the local planning committee.  Most of the happenings are intended to accommodate media who will be covering the event, however there will be plenty of opportunities for the public to participate. A free community picnic at Phelps Mill Park is planned for Friday, May 8th and an online countywide fishing derby will allow any angler to experience the excitement of the weekend. 

Osberg estimates that roughly 120 boat hosts will be needed to escort various media on the water during the event, which is one more way the public can be involved. “You don’t need to be an expert angler or a pro to be a boat host. You just need to be friendly and gracious,” Osberg added.  Boat hosts will be able to choose which lake they would like to fish with their guests. 

The planning committee will need 500-600 volunteers throughout the four-day event and those opportunities will be announced in the coming months. Sponsorships and donations are now being accepted, as the planning committee looks for individuals and organizations that would like to partner in the effort to highlight the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities in Otter Tail County. For more information, contact Erik Osberg.


Erik Osberg
Rural Rebound Initiative Coordinator
Otter Tail County


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