Fishermen Predict No Ice for Governor’s Opener

More than 200 Volunteers Still Needed for Event

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Tower and towns bordering Lake Vermillion are busy preparing for the Governor’s Fishing Opener.

It’s happening May 8-10 at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino on Lake Vermillion.

Locals say hosting the opener gives the area a lot of exposure.

In years past, late ice melt has caused problems, but thanks to the warm weather, experts predict ice won’t be a problem this year.

“Ice is a big topic of conversation for spring and it has a very big effect on our economy,” said chair of the 2015 Governor’s Fishing Opener, Jay Schelde. “If the ice goes off early it’s a good thing and I believe it will go off early this year.”

In a short period of time, thousands will storm the small town, and it takes a lot of people to run the event successfully.

Organizers say they’re still looking for about 200 general volunteers to help with food, registration, parking, directions, and to give tours.

They expect to recruit many people from local schools, churches, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

Officials are also looking for dozens of boat hosts.

“If anybody is out there that is familiar with Vermillion and wants to come and take somebody fishing for a few hours it’s a good thing it’s good exposure,” said Schelde.

The last time the Governor’s opener was on Lake Vermillion was in 2005.

To sign up to volunteer you can call Phil at 218-780-3385 or email

You can also visit the official website by clicking here.

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