Gov. Walz postpones Governor's Fishing Opener event

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Disappointing, but expected.

That's how the chairman of the 2020 Governor's Fishing Opener described the decision to pull the plug on this year's event in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erik Osberg is the chairman of the committee that is putting on the opener in Otter Tail County, which was scheduled to happen May 7th through the 10th.

"We met a while ago (to talk about this)," Osberg said. "And I don't think there was one in the bunch who thought it would be a good idea for us to try to pull this off in the current conditions."

Still, he wasn't aware of the official decision until after it was announced by Governor Tim Walz during his daily COVID-19 briefing.

Otter Tail County will now host the Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener from May 6th through 9th, 2021.

Osberg says having another year to prepare is a blessing and a curse.

"We better have it dialed in by then. All the excuses just went out the window."

In making the announcement, Governor Walz was quick to point out that the fishing season is still on.

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"We're going to postpone (the Governor's Opener), but it doesn't mean we're going to postpone fishing," Walz said. "The (walleye) opener is still happening on May 9th. We encourage people to get out there (and) keep a safe distance."

Osberg agrees. He anticipates there will still be plenty of opportunities later this summer to get up north."The outdoors is important, and it can be part of the healing process. What we're asking people to do is postpone, don't cancel."