Fishing opener still on for May 9

Governor Walz announced this week that the state’s fishing season will open on May 9, but the Governor’s Fishing Opener in Otter Tail County is postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

While official opening festivities will not be held this year, the fishing season is scheduled to go on as planned, and anglers should begin planning for new ways to enjoy the tradition of the Minnesota Fishing Opener close to home and in ways that also protect public health.

The DNR urges anglers to use good judgment when choosing where to fish this season. People are encouraged to enjoy an outdoor activity to maintain health and wellbeing, but the DNR asks anglers to forgo travel to their favorite fishing spot and instead, they should fish close to home to contain the spread of COVID-19. Anglers should maintain appropriate social distancing at boat landings and elsewhere.

More information about the DNR’s COVID-19 virus response can be found at Further information about fishing in Minnesota can be found here.

The DNR asks the public to use the following to do business with the DNR:

The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a Minnesota tradition since 1948. This year’s 73rd annual event was scheduled for next month in Otter Tail County but is now rescheduled for May 6-9, 2021. The event will still be held in Otter Tail County in west-central Minnesota.