Gov. Tim Walz kicks off fishing season in Minnesota

(Office of Gov. Tim Walz)

Minnesota’s lakes were open to fishermen Saturday, including the state’s top official.

Gov. Tim Walz participated in the annual Governor’s Fishing Opener at Fountain Lake in Albert Lea. It was the Governor’s first fishing opener in the office.

“We had a perfect day here in Albert Lea and could not have picked a better place to kick off the fishing season in Minnesota,” said Governor Walz. “Lt. Governor Flanagan may have caught more fish than me, but I plan to best her at the Pheasant Opener in Austin this fall. Thank you to all the folks in Albert Lea who joined us on the lake and graciously hosted anglers from across the state this weekend.”

Walz was joined by Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt.

Explore Minnesota also announced that Otter Tail County will host the 2020 Governor's Fishing Opener next year at Thumper Pond Resort.