Another Governor's Fishing Opener in the books

Sun 5-12-2019

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) —Governor Tim Walz's first effort in the annual Governor's Fishing Opener on Albert Lea's Fountain Lake Saturday proved to be difficult. Not only did he come away with only one fish, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan earned executive bragging rights by reeling in three fish.

Joining the governor in his boat were Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt. Bakk made up for his DFL cohorts by catching two walleye, the Minnesota state fish.

Walz vowed to get even with Flanagan at the Governor's Pheasant Opener in Austin this fall.

It was announced this weekend that Otter Tail County will host the 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.

The opener will be held May 7-10, 2020. Thumper Pond Resort will serve as event headquarters.

Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, organizes the annual event along with a host committee. The 73rd annual Governor's Fishing Opener will be hosted by a committee of volunteers from Otter Tail County.

The Governor's Fishing Opener has been a Minnesota tradition since 1948 and serves as the kick-off celebration of the summer tourism season.