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Flanagan Beats Walz in a Friendly Fishing Competition at the 72nd MN Governor's Fishing Opener

May 11, 2019 07:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Thousands took part in this year's Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener held right here in our region.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz kicked off the event on Saturday at Albert Lea’s Fountain Lake. Walz is hosting the official Governor’s Fishing Opener and the first time a Governor has hosted the annual event in Albert Lea. 

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“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.”

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. 

This is also the first day licensed anglers can fish for walleye, sauger, trout, northern pike all over the state.

Organizers of the fishing opener said that this is the southernmost location in Minnesota where the Governor's Fishing Opener has ever been held.

Many locals were out and about fishing in Albert Lea's Fountain Lake. One of them shared he is excited this day is finally here, "We are fishing and angling. And we want more people to come to Albert Lea now. We hope that will happen."

On Friday, ABC 6 News spoke with Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan. They told us they wanted to see who could catch the most fish. On Saturday, the results are in.  Flanagan's crew came out on top beating Walz's crew. Flanagan won three to one. 

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