What you need to know
Like football? Like fishing? Like Rowing The Boat?
Then the Goal Line Club has you covered, as it is hosting its second annual Golden Gopher Fishing Classic on June 2-3, 2017. Fans can register by clicking here.
- The second-year event will once again be held at Lake Koronis in Paynesville, Minn. and all activities will take place at the Bug-Bee Hive Resort, Lodge & Event Center on the north shore of the lake.
- On Friday, June 2, there will be a meet-and-greet tailgate party that will start with a 4 p.m. social hour. Food will be served from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. A program featuring former Gopher football players will start at 7 p.m. Musical entertaining will follow the program and last until 11 p.m.
- On Saturday, June 3, breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and then anglers will take to the water from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A luncheon awards ceremony featuring head coach P.J. Fleck will start at 2:15 p.m.
- The all-inclusive price for the Golden Gopher Fishing Classic is $100 for adults, $50 for ages 11-20, and free for those 10 and under. The all-inclusive price includes the Friday night Tailgate Party, the Saturday continental breakfast, four-hour fishing contest and the Awards Luncheon program. For an extra $100, fans can also add a member of the Gopher football staff to their boat.
- There is still limited lodging available at the Paynesville Inn & Suites, the Bug-Bee Hive Resort, Lodge & Retreat Center and Lake Koronis Regional Park. Those attending are encouraged to make reservations in advance.
- Participants must provide their own boat. All anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license, fishing gear and a life jacket. Four anglers per boat is preferred.
Insider info with locals
"Paynesville, MN is located near the edges of three counties (Stearns, Meeker and Kandiyohi) and it's a quaint community located in the heart of Minnesota's dairy country," Brad and Terry Skoglund, Paynesville legends, said to GopherDigest about their city. "The community consists of approximately 2,500 city residents and another 2,500 or so people reside around the lake(s). Paynesville considers itself a "City for all Seasons". During the summer season, the local lakes are inhabited by many seasonal residents and theses lakes provide an excellent source for outdoor activities as do our local parks and bike trail."
"Lake Koronis is a lake with a lot of character. There are three islands in the midst of this body of water. Lake Koronis, which covers just over 3,000 acres and is located only one mile from Paynesville, offers some of the best fishing in the area. An abundance of walleye, bass, northern pike make this one of the premier lakes in central Minnesota. Lake Koronis is one of the furthest southern glacial lakes in the United States; meaning that this body of water was created by the force of a prehistoric glacier which carved its way to this location and ultimately melted, forming Lake Koronis, the islands, and the diverse shoreline. The lake reaches a depth of 134 feet, with its medium depth at about 25 feet."
The Skoglunds know how beautiful of a resort the Bug-Bee Hive really is.
"The Bug-Bee Hive Resort, which is the headquarters for the fishing classic, is beautiful," Skoglund explained. "The Bug-Bee Hive Resort is a third generation, all-season resort located just 90 minutes west of Minneapolis. You'll find the upscale accommodations are tremendous."
Brad and Terry are also avid Gopher Football fans.
"We have been Gopher football season ticket holders for many years. Paynesville isn't really all that far from the Twin Cities. It takes us approximately an hour and 35 minutes to arrive at our tailgate spot before home games. When the Gophers played at the Metrodome, we first made Hubert's our pre-game stop before games. It was frequently full of other Gopher fans, so it made it easy to find someone to visit with. After we joined the Goal Line Club, we were eligible to secure a tailgate spot in the Metrodome parking lot. That's when the fun began! We met so many new people, all of which shared our same passion for Gopher football. (It's easy to make a new friend when you already have a common interest.) Some of those people will likely remain life-long friends. Often times we would be introduced to current and former players and their families. Those experiences enhanced the Gopher football "experience" even more. It sort of becomes personal and creates an even greater emotional attachment to the team and other fans. Bob Hughes is very open and welcoming to new and prospective Goal Line Club members. He's very enthusiastic and excited about Gopher football and makes others around him eager to learn more about the organization."
When it comes to anyone thinking about joining the Goal Line Club, Brad and Terry have some advice for you.
"Don't hesitate! Join the Goal Line Club. It's an opportunity to have fun, meet new people AND support your university's football team. You'll also expand your knowledge of the team and the game itself. It's most certainly a good way to stay informed too. The Goal Line Club communicates with it's members. Becoming part of this organizations helps keep Gopher football in the forefront all year long versus just the competitive season. You become part of the Gopher family. Joining the Goal Line Club encourages fans to attend other functions beyond the game itself. We try to make it to the annual 'Sota Social for National Signing Day every year. This event has certainly grown in popularity. We've attended other fan events sponsored by the club too; such as Gopher Day at Canterbury Park, the Friday luncheons before home games, the annual spring game, and the women's football clinic, to name a few. We typically try to travel to at least one away game each as well as any bowl games. Again, we look forward to traveling with the Goal Line Club so that we can network with friends and meet new ones too. Almost every event is family-friendly and first class. Our children have grown up with the Goal Line Club and we've witnessed other families progress as well."