Fishing Opener Preps Underway In St. Cloud

Fishing Opener Preps Underway In St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle

Dec 21, 2016 at 5:05 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud will host the 70th annual Governor's Fishing Opener in May, and preparation is already underway to get the Mississippi River ready.

Officials with the Governor's Fishing Opener cleared 400 yards of Mississippi River silt and muck from the public access boat launch at Wilson Park, which will be a main location for the opener.

Gordy Vierkant with the Sauk Rapids Sportsmen's Club headed up the project.

"The main advantage is to get boats in and out quicker and easier on the boats, so you're not sucking muck up into your motor and wrecking your water pump and things like that, but accessibility is going to be much greater," Vierkant said.

Vierkant said the launches as Wilson Park haven't been excavated in a few years, so the launch was only one or two feet deep.

Digging out the silt and build up will make the launches deeper and easier on the hundreds of anticipated boaters.

"Well we hope that it's going to bring a lot of people and we anticipate thousands of people coming, not just for the fishing opener, but to spend time in downtown St. Cloud," he said.

This will be the first time St. Cloud will host the popular Minnesota tradition. The 70th annual Governor's Fishing Opener will run from May 11-14.

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