Community – Albert Lea

We are so excited to be hosting the Governor’s Fishing Opener in Albert Lea!

The 72nd annual event will take place on Fountain Lake in Albert Lea.  We can’t wait to show off our great community and all we have to offer!


Would you like to help? An event of this size needs a lot of volunteers! We’ll need volunteers to help at various events that take place starting Thursday, May 9 and run through Saturday, May 11.

All volunteers will receive a free  t-shirt.

If you are interested in being a volunteer during the event, please email Mary Nelson. Please give us your name, contact information and what you’d be interested in helping with.

If you have questions, you may also contact the Albert Lea Convention and Visitor’s Bureau or call (507) 373-2316.

Boat Hosts

Do you have a fishing boat and would like to be host for someone on Saturday, May 11? For more information on what a boat host is, please visit our Boat Host page.

Raffle Tickets

Purchase your $10 raffle ticket at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau Office, or from a member of the GFO Planning Team. All proceeds go to help cover the cost of the event. Prizes will be drawn on the evening of May 11.

  • Grand Prize — 2019 Sun Tracker Fishin’ Barge 20 with a Mercury 90 ELPT CT and custom trailer from Tracker Boats
  • 2nd Prize — Green Mountain Daniel Boone WiFi Wood Fired Pellet Smoker from Home Solutions Midwest
  • 3rd Prize — Yeti Package from Bomgaars of Albert Lea

Community Picnic

There will be a public community picnic on Friday, May 10 in downtown Albert Lea.  More info to come.

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