Otter Tail County

If you have questions about the opportunities with regards to the Governor’s Fishing Opener, contact the local committee chair directly.

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You can help with the event in Otter Tail County by clicking on one of the following links:

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Governors Fishing Opener 2020 Fish Host Sign Up Form

About Otter Tail County

Located in west-central Minnesota, Otter Tail County offers a classic Minnesota lakeside getaway.

Otter Tail Lake | photo by Micah Kvidt

It is the 7th largest county in the state with more than 2,200 square miles and has more lakes (1,048) than any other county in the United States. Made up of 22 welcoming communities, combines for a population of over 58,000 people.

Area lakes are as diverse as the fish that live in them. While many anglers pursue walleye, they can also enjoy world class panfish fishing for bluegill and crappie. Northern pike, bass and sturgeon also flourish in Otter Tail County lakes.

Black Crappie caught and released in Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Visitors can fish, swim, paddle and boat on the 124,800 acres of water within Otter Tail County.

Nearby Glendalough State Park and Trail, Maplewood State Park and Inspiration Peak, the highest point in the county, offer additional recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Otter Tail River State Water Trail is 157 river miles of Minnesota’s 8th longest river.

Otter Tail County is located about three hours northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and one hour from Fargo/Moorhead.

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