Hayward hosts 55th annual Governor's Fishing Opener

Emily Ness
Updated: April 30, 2021 11:25 PM
Created: April 30, 2021 05:12 PM

A tradition that began back in 1965 returned to the Northland on Friday with a warm welcome from anglers.

That tradition? The Wisconsin Indian Head Country's Governor's Fishing Opener!

This year, the annual event is taking place in Hayward from April 30th to May 2nd after being cancelled last year, as a result of the pandemic.

“We look forward to it. It’s like Christmas Day,” Kyle Tyree, a fishing guide for the opener said.

Tyree was among many guides and vendors set up outside the Hayward’s Fishing Hall of Fame to show people the ropes on Friday. There, a free fish fry was also held.

“The fish fry is awesome,” Annette Dallager, who was there with friends said. “Very, very good fish.”

Throughout the weekend, organizers said people can expect further fishing festivities, including learning opportunities, casting contests and awards for the largest fish caught.

While they expect many fish to be caught, they also promote catching and releasing to preserve them.

“We have at least 125 people that will be participating in the fishing portion, which will be taking place Saturday and Sunday,” Mindy Simons, Marketing Assistant for the Hayward Lakes Visiting Convention Bureau said.

Among the participants, Simons said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is expected to make an appearance Saturday.

“The Governor is going to be fishing and participating in the lunch,” Simons said. “We’re glad he will see our beautiful waters.”

Those who would like to participate in the 55th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener can find more information about it here.

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