Save the Date for the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener

Feb 11, 2019

 

Save the Date for the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener

72nd Annual Event Hosted by Albert Lea Area Lakes
May 9-12, 2019
 
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener in the Albert Lea area, Thursday, May 9, to Sunday, May 12. This will be the first time in the history of the Opener that it will be held in Albert Lea. Please consider joining Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan for their inaugural Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.
 
About 75 minutes south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Albert Lea, known as "The Land Between the Lakes," is nestled between Fountain and Albert Lea lakes. The area has 13 lakes, many offering fishing, boating, paddling and more. Nearby, the Blazing Star Bike Trail, Myre Big Island State Park, Shell Rock River State Water Trail and historic downtown Albert Lea 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 72nd annual event will recognize fishing, travel and recreation opportunities in the Albert Lea area and help promote tourism throughout the state. Minnesota fishing is a $2.4 billion business and contributes to a $15.3 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 the Albert Lea area community.
 
Event planning is underway and official invitations will be sent this spring. Preliminary event details can be found at mngovernorsopener.com.
 
Follow along on social media using the official event hashtag #MNGFO2019 and state travel hashtag #OnlyinMN.
 
We look forward to seeing you in in Albert Lea this May!   
 
Best,
Alyssa Hayes, Explore Minnesota
 
For media inquiries, interview requests and live broadcast information:
Alyssa Hayes, Explore Minnesota Public Relations
alyssa.hayes@state.mn.us, 651-757-1857
 
Governor's Fishing Opener Contacts:
Nicole Lalum, Explore Minnesota, Governor's Fishing Opener Coordinator
nicole.lalum@state.mn.us, 218-316-3330
 
Dawn Bushman, Explore Minnesota, Governor's Fishing Opener Assistant
dawn.bushman@state.mn.us, 218-316-3333