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      2012 Governor's Fishing Opener

      Posted on May 09, 2012 at 2:37 PM


      The Governor's Fishing Opener will be held this weekend, May 11 -12, on Lake Waconia, popular for fishing, sailing and other water recreation. The town of Waconia sits right along the southern shore of Lake Waconia, the second largest lake in the Twin Cities area. This is the first time Waconia, a community of about 10,000 residents along the western edge of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, will host this event.

      A pair of accomplished anglers from Waconia will host Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon on Lake Waconia. Travis Frank will fish with Governor Dayton, and Matt Peters will fish with Lt. Governor Prettner Solon. Travis Frank is a professional angler, founder of Trophy Encounters Professional Guide Service, and a producer for Ron Schara Productions. Matt Peters grew up on Lake Waconia. Like Travis Frank, Peters has fished since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel, and he too started his first guide service at the age of 16.

      The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The Opener is an opportunity to highlight local fishing and other recreational activities, attractions and points of interest. The Opener is also a kick-off celebration for the statewide summer tourism season. Travel and tourism generate $11.3 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota Annually.

      You are invited to join Governor Dayton & Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon this weekend for a free picnic dinner with family fun activities. You can find details for the picnic, as well as a full schedule of events for the weekend at

      >> Waconia Community Picnic
      >> Minnesota DNR Walleye Opener Information
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