Community – Willmar Lakes Area

We are so excited to be hosting the Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Willmar Lakes Area!!

The 71st annual event will take place on Green Lake in Spicer with events taking place in our three largest communities – Willmar, Spicer and New London. We can’t wait to show off our great communities and what they 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 10th and run through Saturday, May 12th.

All volunteers will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt.

If you are interested in being a volunteer during the event, please email Jean Raatz or Keri McLain at Please give us your name, contact information and what you’d be interested in helping with.

View the list of committees and descriptions

If you have questions, you may also contact the Willmar Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at or call 320-235-3552.

Fishing Hosts

Do you have a fishing boat and would like to be host for someone on Saturday, May 12th? For more information on what a fishing host is, please visit our Fishing Hosts page. If you are interested in being a fishing host, please fill out the online application form here.

Raffle Tickets

Purchase your $10 raffle ticket at The Fan Zone in the Kandi Mall, at the Willmar Convention and Visitor’s Office, or from any member of the Executive Committee. All proceeds go to help cover the cost of the event. Prizes will be drawn on the evening of May 12th.

  • Grand Prize — 2018 Tracker Pro Guide V175 with Trailer and Mercury 150
  • 2nd Prize — Traeger Pro 22 Pellet Grill
  • 3rd Prize — Yeti Package

Community Picnic

The Willmar Rotary Club has added a fifth concert to their popular Rockin’ Robbins summer concert series, just for the Governor’s Fishing Opener!

Rockin’ Robbins Fishin’ Edition takes place out at Robbins Island on Friday, May 11th from 4:30 PM to 8 PM. You’ll enjoy a free picnic meal, meet representatives from the Governor’s Office, and be entertained by one of the region’s most talented and entertaining stage bands — the Dam Jammers! Mark your calendar and spread the word!

Download an event flyer

Enjoy a picnic meal, concert, and show-off your hometown pride as we kick off the 2018 Fishing Opener in the Willmar Lakes Area! Bring a lawn chair and come prepared for any weather conditions. Free picnic meals will be served to the first 3,000 attendees.

This event is free and open to the public, so please spread the word!


Download an event flyer


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