April 23rd, 2021 by Gary Osberg

The first Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener was held in 1948 on Lake Mille Lacs. The event was established as a way to improve Minnesota’s economy through the development and promotion of the state’s recreational opportunities, especially fishing. This year, the festivities will be held in Otter Tail County. The opener is at 12:01am on May 15th.   My son Erik is the chair of the planning committee.

Erik tells me that he needs more boat hosts. If you choose to be a boat host, t you will take someone fishing in Otter Tail County on Saturday, May 15th. You don’t need to be a professional angler or have a big fancy boat. You just need to be interested in promoting the sport of fishing and preferably sharing the story of what makes Otter Tail County such a great place to visit, live or work. We can’t promise money or fame, but all of the boat hosts will receive a number of quality commemorative items as a thank you. Boat hosts will get a sweatshirt, a hat and a high end fish ruler called “The Judge”. 

To register as a boat host, click here;

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you can contact my son Erik Osberg at 218-639-3130.   Walleye Willie will not be there but I am planning on showing up.  I hope to see you there.

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