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Wisconsin Governor's Fishing Opener

May 3rd & 4th, 2024

The Northwest Wisconsin ITBEC Tourism Committee (Travel Northwest Wisconsin) is thrilled to announce the Wisconsin Governor's Fishing Opener! NW-ITBEC is a 12-county group dedicated to marketing Northwest Wisconsin. The event will rotate around the region each year to showcase the incredible natural resources that the region offers. NW ITBEC will invite dignitaries and media to celebrate the opener, while also focusing on inspiring the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts to learn all about fishing.

Wisconsin Governor's Fishing Opener
Wisconsin Governor's Fishing Opener

Family Fishing Day is Saturday, May 4th

Travel Northwest Wisconsin is proud to present the Family Fishing Day as a part of the Wisconsin Governor's Fishing Opener being held in Burnett County on Saturday, May 4th, 2024. The focus of this event is to inspire the next generation to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Families are welcome to come out to enjoy a fun day full of family entertainment, including "learn to fish" casting lessons, the DNR Fishmobile, minnow races, s'mores station, face painting, food vendors and more!

Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Burnett County - Crooked Lake Park, Siren

Governor Evers at the 2022 Fishing Opener.
Governor Evers with a nice catch at the 2022 Fishing Opener

Thank you to the sponsors who make the 2024 event possible:



Boone Docks Marine  |  Burnett County Whitetails Unlimited

James Netz Photography

National Marine Manufacturers Assoc.

Tavern League of Burnett County  |  WI Counties Assoc.

Yellow Lakes & Rivers Assoc.



Burnett Dairy Cooperative  |  Siren Chamber/Siren Tourism

Siren Lions  |  St. Croix Rod

The Rec  |  Tracker Marine Boat Center

Village of Siren  |  Webster Lions



Bremer Bank  |  Caring Hearts Thriftshop

Danbury/Webster Chambers of Commerce

DSG Outerwear  |  Gandy Dancer Saloon

Log Cabin Store & Eatery  Northwoods Lumber

Pour House  |  St. Croix Health - Webster Clinic

Tranquility Trails  |  Village of Webster

Voyager Village  |  Wayne's Foods Plus

Wild Water American Legion  |  Wild Bill's Sporting Goods

Yellow Lake Properties LLC



Burnett Area Arts

Burnett County Development Assoc.



Bump's Lakeside Bar | Crosshatch Coffee Company

Raska Sewer Service | Village of Grantsburg



Frequently Asked Questions

About the Event

The Wisconsin Governors Fishing Opener exists to raise awareness of the fishing and tourism industries in the State of Wisconsin. The event brings Wisconsin dignitaries to the area, including the Governor and Cabinet Secretaries from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. A main goal of the event is to obtain significant media coverage highlighting the host community and Wisconsin’s fishing and tourism industries. It also provides a fun, outdoor-focused community event. One of the significant updates to the event in 2022 was to create a family-focused event on Saturday to inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

About the Host Destination

Burnett County is located in Northwest Wisconsin. Communities include Grantsburg, Siren, Webster, Danbury, Webb Lake and Hertel. More information on Burnett County can be found on their website.