PARK RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) – Ron Stahl is glad to be taking part in the annual tradition, despite the fact the weather is not ideal.
“It was cool,” he said. “It was windy, and we saw some snowflakes.”
Organizers say they have contingency plans.
“The weather turns out to be a tradition,” Butch De Lahunt said. “It’s a cold, wet opener in Minnesota. But at least people got out to wet a line.”
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He said the Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948, while fishing is a key part of the state’s tourism industry.
The opener is also a kick-off celebration for the statewide summer tourism season, which generates $11.9 billion annually in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota.