71st Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener Goes 'Swimmingly'

71st Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener Goes 'Swimmingly' Photo: KSTP

May 12, 2018 04:44 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton and his fishing party caught seven fish Saturday morning during the 71st Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota.


Lifelong Willmar area resident Kelly Morrell, a highly accomplished angler and active community member, hosted Dayton as his fishing guide. 

In a release, Dayton said the following:

We had a great time... I caught three bass, which made my whole day, made my last Fishing Opener very special. We had a good outing. All of you here in Spicer, New London, and Willmar have been so fabulous. You have been such great hosts. The temperature may be cool, but the spirit of the occasion warmed everything up. We had a great time, and I can't thank you enough.

Joining the Governor in his boat were House Speaker Kurt Daudt, House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and his son, Josh. Altogether, the Governor's boat caught seven fish, including three bass caught by Dayton, each weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds, 2 pounds, and 2.5 pounds, respectively.

Daudt and Gazelka caught two bass each, according to the release. 

One man, Steve Vick from New London, caught a 27 3/4 inch walleye during the opener. 

KSTP Fishing Opener Guide


Tommy Wiita

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