List of Minnesota Governor's Fishing Openers

Date City Lake Governor
2017 Greater St. Cloud Mississippi River Mark Dayton
2016 McGregor Big Sandy Lake Mark Dayton
2015 Tower Lake Vermilion Mark Dayton
2014 Nisswa Gull Lake Mark Dayton
2013 Park Rapids Fish Hook Lake Mark Dayton
2012 Waconia Lake Waconia Mark Dayton
2011 Grand Rapids Pokegama Mark Dayton
2010 Kabetogama-Voyaguers Natl. Park Lake Kabetogama Tim Pawlenty
2009 White Bear Lake White Bear Lake Tim Pawlenty
5/10/2008 Breezy Point Pelican Lake Tim Pawlenty
5/12/2007 Walker Leech Lake Tim Pawlenty
5/13/2006 International Falls Rainy Lake Tim Pawlenty
5/14/2005 Tower Lake Vermillion Tim Pawlenty
5/15/2004 Baudette Lake of the Woods Tim Pawlenty
5/10/2003 Detroit Lakes Big Detroit Lake Tim Pawlenty
5/11/2002 International Falls Rainy Lake Jesse Ventura
5/12/2001 Breezy Point Pelican Lake Jesse Ventura
5/13/2000 Crane Lake Crane Lake Jesse Ventura
5/15/1999 Grand Rapids Pokegama Lake Jesse Ventura
5/9/1998 Red Wing Mississippi River Arne Carlson
5/10/1997 Fergus Falls Otter Tail Lake Arne Carlson
5/11/1996 Bemidji Lake Bemidji Arne Carlson
5/13/1995 Willmar Green Lake Arne Carlson
5/14/1994 International Falls Rainy Lake Arne Carlson
5/15/1993 Brainerd Gull Lake Arne Carlson
5/9/1992 Alexandria Lake Darling Arne Carlson
5/11/1991 Isle Lake Mille Lacs Arne Carlson
5/12/1990 Hill City Hill Lake Rudy Perpich
5/13/1989 Breezy Point Pelican Lake Rudy Perpich
5/14/1988 Detroit Lakes Pelican Lake Rudy Perpich
5/16/1987 Fairmont Hall Lake Rudy Perpich
5/17/1986 Bemidji Lake Bemidji Rudy Perpich
5/18/1985 Faribault French Lake Rudy Perpich
5/12/1984 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs Rudy Perpich
5/14/1983 Ely Shagawa Lake Rudy Perpich
5/15/1982 Lake Kabetogama Lake Kabetogama Al Quie
5/16/1981 Lake City Lake Pepin Al Quie
Date City Lake Governor
5/17/1980 Fergus Falls Otter Tail Lake Al Quie
5/12/1979 Park Rapids Island Lake Al Quie
5/13/1978 Crane Lake Crane Lake Rudy Perpich
5/14/1977 Alexandria Lake Darling Rudy Perpich
5/15/1976 Brainerd Gull Lake Wendell Anderson
5/17/1975 Willmar Lake Andrew, Green Lake Wendell Anderson*
5/18/1974 Hill City Hill Lake Wendell Anderson
5/12/1973 Winona Mississippi River Wendell Anderson
5/13/1972 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs Wendell Anderson*
5/15/1971 Detroit Lakes Pelican Lake Wendell Anderson
5/16/1970 Breezy Point Pelican Lake Harold LeVander
5/17/1969 Ely Snowbank Lake Harold LeVander
5/18/1968 Walker Leech Lake Harold LeVander
5/13/1967 Alexandria Lake Mary Harold LeVander†
5/14/1966 Ely Moose Lake, Fall Lake Karl Rolvaag
5/15/1965 Grand Marais Gunflint Lake Karl Rolvaag
5/16/1964 Alexandria Lake Darling Karl Rolvaag
5/18/1963 Crane Lake Crane Lake Karl Rolvaag
5/12/1962 Detroit Lakes Detroit Lake, Island Lake Elmer Andersen
5/13/1961 Walker Leech Lake Elmer Andersen
5/14/1960 Waskish Upper Red Lake Orville Freeman
5/16/1959 Waskish Upper Red Lake Orville Freeman*
5/17/1958 Waskish Upper Red Lake Orville Freeman*
5/18/1957 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs Orville Freeman
5/12/1956 Wahkon Lake Mille Lacs Orville Freeman
5/14/1955 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs Orville Freeman*
5/15/1954 Isle Lake Mille Lacs C. Elmer Anderson*
5/16/1953 Garrison Lake Mille Lacs C. Elmer Anderson*
5/17/1952 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs C. Elmer Anderson*
5/12/1951 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs Luther Youngdahl
5/13/1950 Isle Lake Mille Lacs Luther Youngdahl*
5/14/1949 Onamia Lake Mille Lacs Luther Youngdahl*
5/15/1948 Isle Lake Mille Lacs Luther Youngdahl*

* Did not attend      † Arrived too late to fish