The 2018 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener is in the books with Gov. Mark Dayton reeling in a trio of bass on Green Lake in the small west-central Minnesota town of Spicer on Saturday.
It marked the eighth and final opener as the governor of Minnesota for Dayton, and while it's wait-and-see mode for who the governor will be in 2019, we do know which city and lake will host the 2019 opener: Albert Lea.
Explore Minnesota made the announcement Saturday night, giving Albert Lea's Fountain Lake the honor.
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“The Albert Lea Lakes Area is honored to be selected as the host site of the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener”, said Albert Lea Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Susie Petersen.
"We are thrilled this will be the first time, in the history of the event that it will be held in our area. I am grateful for the many organizations that pulled together for the opportunity to plan for the fun events and showcase our beautiful area.”
The 2019 opener will mark just the third time in 30 years that the host city is south of the Twin Cities area. Waconia (2012), Red Wing (1998) and Fairmont (1987) are the others.
According to Lake-Link, Fountain Lake is 521 acres in size and only about 14-feet deep. It's known for walleye, crappie, northern pike, sunfish, largemouth bass, catfish, bullhead, bluegill and perch.