Updated: 05/09/2014 2:45 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 3:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
Gov. Mark Dayton will be among the nearly 500,000 Minnesotans going fishing this weekend.
Preparations are underway in Nisswa for the Governor's Fishing Opener, a Minnesota tradition since 1948. The governor's office says Dayton plans to go fishing on Gull Lake right when the season opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. And he plans to fish again on Saturday morning before the official shore lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the Gull Lake Docks.
Dayton plans to buy his fishing license at a Brainerd bait shop on Friday afternoon, then head for a community picnic in Nisswa. He will fish with Ray Gildow, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, professional fishing guide and the host of "Lakeland Currents" Lakeland Public Television show and the "Brainerd Outdoors" radio show.
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is following a similar schedule. She will fish with Toby Kvalevog, a physical education teacher at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd who has 35 years of fishing experience and has been a guide on Gull Lake for 12 years.
The ice is out on Gull and other lakes in the Brainerd Lakes area. But some far northern and northeastern lakes still have ice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.