Brainerd Lakes Area Hosts Successful Governor’s Fishing Opener
Release Date: May 21, 2014
The 67th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Grand View Lodge on May 8-11, was one for the books! The event celebrated the many fishing, recreational and travel opportunities in the state and served as the kickoff to Minnesota’s summer tourism season.
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon had high hopes to out-fish Gov. Mark Dayton this year and succeeded by catching a nice walleye on her second cast around 1 a.m. on Saturday, and another one minutes later. Gov. Dayton didn’t catch a fish, but had a great time fishing with Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh, her brother Phillip and Minnesota House Rep. John Ward.
The event attracted various travel and outdoor writers, and more than 30 radio and TV stations statewide broadcasted from the event, including a special edition of WCCO-TV’s “Goin’ to the Lake,” focused on Opener activities and Brainerd Lakes area attractions. More than 130 media, representing 70 media outlets, attended the event. The media event is expected to garner more than $1 million in publicity value.
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber, in collaboration with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce and Grand View Lodge, guided the 400-plus volunteers that helped staff the event. Frank Soukup, Grand View Lodge, and Steve Mau, Brainerd General Rental, served as co-chairs. Their leadership provided the 20-plus member planning committee a rewarding experience in showcasing the Brainerd Lakes area. Explore Minnesota Tourism would like to thank everyone that helped make this year’s event a huge success!
More information and images can be seen at mngovernorsopener.com. The Lake Vermilion area is next in line to host the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.