Minnesota fishing opener this weekend
ST. PAUL, MN – As over 500,000 Minnesotans gear up to go fishing this weekend, Governor Mark Dayton is getting ready to host Minnesota’s 71st Annual Governor’s Fishing Opener on Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota. Headquartered at the Willmar Conference Center, the weekend’s events will feature fishing, family fun activities, live music, kids’ activities, local food, and more.
The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The event was designed to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry, and in recent years, it has served as a kick-off celebration for the summer tourism season. Fishing generates an estimated $2.4 billion in direct retail sales annually in Minnesota, supporting 35,000 jobs statewide. Minnesota has the second-highest angler participation rate of any state in the nation, at 32 percent.