2019 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Reminder

Apr 16, 2019


2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener Reminder

Hosted by the Albert Lea lakes area, May 9-12, 2019

Greetings! This is a friendly reminder that you're invited to the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on Thursday, May 9, to Sunday, May 12, 2019, hosted in beautiful Albert Lea for the first time. We hope you consider attending or covering this time-honored, 72nd annual event.
Make a Splash in Southern Minnesota
Located 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 in all, 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.
A Minnesota Fishing Tradition
Fishing is a key part of tourism, and more than half a million anglers celebrate the Minnesota season opener. It's a way of life in the True North, and the Governor's Fishing Opener has been a treasured tradition since 1948 that celebrates our state's great outdoors and recreation opportunities, and helps kick off the summer travel season in a different host community each year. The 2019 event is coordinated by Explore Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Gov. Tim Walz's First Fishing Opener
This year's event not only marks Gov. Walz's inaugural Opener, but the first time in history that a Governor's Fishing Opener will be held in the Albert Lea area. Please consider joining Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, local residents, dignitaries, media and others for a unique fishing and travel experience.
Celebrate Albert Lea
Various 2019 Governor's Fishing Opener media tours and activities will highlight the Albert Lea area, including: Fountain Lake biking and paddling tours, Myre-Big Island State Park, Three Oak Winery, the SPAM Museum in Austin, and more. In honor of the city and local residents, a celebratory community picnic and walk/run event will be held in downtown Albert Lea. The picnic and walk/run event are free to attend and open to the public. The picnic will feature activities, exhibitors, live entertainment, a free meal for all attendees, and scheduled remarks by Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan.
Event Registration and Information
Tours and additional activities will be available to registered Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener event attendees throughout the weekend. Event registration is due by Friday, April 26. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit mngovernorsopener.com. See enclosed registration information here. If you're already registered, we look forward to seeing you in Albert Lea!
Follow along on social media, using #MNGFO2019, and reel in a photo during this year's Minnesota Fishing Opener using #OnlyinMN.
For media story ideas, interview requests, technical or film needs:
Alyssa Hayes, Explore Minnesota Public Relations
alyssa.hayes@state.mn.us, 651-757-1857
For event registration information:
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
Please secure technical needs in advance through Alyssa Hayes, including for the live radio broadcast on Friday, May 10.
Please contact Alyssa Hayes if you would like to film or photograph only (not fish) on Friday, May 10 or Saturday, May 11.