Gander Mountain Celebrates Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener with State-Wide Events

Outdoors specialty retailer participates as official sponsor with giveaways and more

Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
Gander Mountain
Gander Mountain

St. Paul, MN -( Gander Mountain will again be joining the annual Fishing Opener with Governor Mark Dayton and countless other Minnesotans on Saturday, May 9.

The outdoor retailer has also planned family events and deals to help get anglers out on the water for opening weekend. Starting on Friday, May 1, the dozen Gander Mountain stores throughout Minnesota will offer specials, demonstrations, prizes, kids’ events, giveaways and even a traditional fish fry to celebrate the start of open-water fishing season in the state.

Over the May 1-3 weekend, Gander Mountain’s Pre-Fishing Opener Event will be held. Visitors will receive valuable giveaway prizes including hats and fishing towels to the first 250 people to make a purchase all three days, register to win a Lowrance Elite 5 HDS fishfinder (a $500 value), bring the kids for a “paint a lure” project and casting contest, and are invited to a free fish fry on Saturday, May 2 starting at 11 a.m.

On May 8, Minnesota stores open at 6 a.m. and will provide free breakfast as part of Gander Mountain’s Fish Friday celebration. Visitors can register to win a Rapala gift pack valued at $1,000 and the first 250 guests through the door will receive a free tackle organizer. The first 100 customers to make a purchase will receive a free 2015 Fishing Opener long sleeve t-shirt, and Berkley Trilene will host a Line Winding Happy Hour event where visitors can get up to two spools of line wound for free.

“Before they head out on that first fishing trip of the season, countless anglers throughout Minnesota stop by their local Gander Mountain store to get the latest in gear and expertise needed for a successful day on the water,” said Gander Mountain President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Owens. “Minnesota is our home, and as the state’s largest retailer of hunting, fishing and camping gear, it is a natural fit for us to again sponsor the Governor’s Fishing Opener.”

On Lake Vermilion, Gander Mountain is playing a significant role in the fun of the 68th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener. The event runs Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10, with Gander Mountain as a “Platinum Walleye” sponsor.

Gander Mountain has partnered with Frabill to provide each of the registered anglers a customized Governor’s Fishing Opener Conservation Series Catch & Release Landing net. The Conservation Series landing nets are designed to better facilitate catch & release fishing, which is vital to the future strength of the sport in Minnesota and elsewhere. The landing nets will be available at all Gander Mountain stores and online at

In addition, Gander Mountain’s walleye hats, made popular annually at the Minnesota State Fair, and other giveaway items will be available at the Friday afternoon community picnic, which is one of the weekend’s more popular annual events. Gander Mountain has also once again produced the official Governor’s Fishing Opener hat, which will be given to all registered anglers.

Full details of the weekend’s events can be found at the fishing opener’s official website,

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a “We Live Outdoors” culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. Gander Mountain has launched a national campaign encouraging responsible firearms ownership – take the Responsibility Pledge at and use the hashtag #responsibilitypledge in social media to raise awareness. Gander Mountain has 158 conveniently-located outdoor lifestyle stores in 27 states. For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton’s, a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.

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