Gone fishin': Gov. Dayton has a successful day on Big Sandy Lake

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Cold weather didn't stop Gov. Mark Dayton from going fishing on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor, opening weekend.

And nets were flying.

Between the governor, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Katie Sieben, 11 fish were caught.

Smith's husband, Archie Smith, and two guides also participated in the 69th Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.

And everyone reeled in at least one walleye.

Things even got a little competitive.


Lt. Gov. Smith may have spoke too soon, because that was the first and last fish she caught on the trip.

Meanwhile, Dayton took his time but ultimately reeled in four fish – a walleye, crappie and two perch – tying with Sieben for most fish caught.



If you're going out fishing this weekend, remember to wear your life jacket.

And if you're looking for something to talk about while you're waiting for a bite, check out these facts you probably didn't know about fishing in Minnesota.

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