Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener a success

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SPICER, Minn. (Valley News Live) -- The 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener was a success.

With good weather, Gov. Mark Dayton and his fishing party caught eight fish Saturday morning on Green Lake.

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

“We had a great time ... I caught three bass, which made my whole day, made my last Fishing Opener very special,” Dayton said.

“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 Gazelka’s son, Josh.

The governor’s boat caught seven fish, including three bass caught by Dayton, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds, 2 pounds, and 2.5 pounds, respectively.

Daudt and Majority Leader Gazelka also caught two bass each.