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For Immediate Release
State of Minnesota

Media Contact(s):

Alyssa Hayes, Explore Minnesota
O: 651-757-1857 // [email protected] // @exploremn_pr

Save the Date for the 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener

73rd Annual Event Hosted by Otter Tail County, May 7-10, 2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener in Otter Tail County, Thursday to Sunday, May 7-10. This will be the first time in the history of the Opener that it will be a county-wide effort in Otter Tail County, with Thumper Pond Resort serving as event headquarters.

Located in west-central Minnesota, Otter Tail offers a classic Minnesota lakeside getaway. It's one of the largest counties in the state at more than 2,200 square miles, made up of 11 percent water, 22 communities and the most lakes (1,048) in any U.S. county, including the largest area lake, Otter Tail Lake. Area lakes are as diverse as the fish that live in them, including walleye, yellow perch, northern pike and sturgeon. Visitors can fish, swim, paddle and boat on this 14,000-acre body of water. Nearby Glendalough State Park and Trail, Maplewood State Park and Inspiration Peak, the highest point in the county, offer additional recreation.

In the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," fishing is a favorite pastime. The Governor's Fishing Opener has been a time-honored Minnesota tradition since 1948 that helps kick off the state's summer travel season. The annual event will spotlight fishing, travel and recreation opportunities in in Otter Tail County and help promote tourism throughout the state. Minnesota fishing is a $2.4 billion business and contributes to a $16 billion tourism industry.

The Governor's Fishing Opener is hosted by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, and coordinated by Explore Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Otter Tail County. Event planning is underway and official invitations will be sent this spring. Preliminary event details can be found at Follow along on social media using the official event hashtag #MNGFO2020 and state travel hashtag #OnlyinMN.

We look forward to seeing you in Otter Tail County this May!

Alyssa Hayes, Explore Minnesota

For media inquiries, interview requests and live broadcast information:
Alyssa Hayes, Explore Minnesota Public Relations*
[email protected], 651-757-1857
*Alyssa will be on maternity leave beginning April 2020

Sara Grasmon, Bellmont Partners on behalf of Explore Minnesota
[email protected], 612-255-1117

For other Governor's Fishing Opener inquiries:
Nicole Lalum, Explore Minnesota, Governor's Fishing Opener Coordinator
[email protected], 218-316-3330

Dawn Bushman, Explore Minnesota, Governor's Fishing Opener Assistant
[email protected], 218-316-3333