MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The start of the fishing season is just hours away, and fishermen and women are gearing up to head out at midnight.
Gov. Mark Dayton is one of them.READ MORE: MPD: Speeding Motorist In Stolen Minivan Fatally Strikes Man Standing Outside, Flees The Scene
He got his license Friday afternoon at S&W Bait Shop in Nisswa. He’s heading out from Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.
But he’s not expecting to catch much. At least, that’s what he told Frank and Chris.
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The Brainerd Lakes Area is hosting the opener this year.
And things were really picking up Friday afternoon in downtown Nisswa, where the community picnic was happening. Frank and Chris were there with the governor.
Part of the fishing opener is getting the next generation excited about fishing.
On Thursday, we showed you kids learning to cast on the shores of Gull Lake. On Friday, they learned about the different kinds of fish in Minnesota lakes and rivers.
The DNR stopped by with a fishtank the width of a pickup truck. Grade-schoolers from Nisswa saw just about every kind of fish you can find in our state’s waters.
Frank & Chris Check Out Nisswa Community Picnic
Fishing is a key part of Minnesota’s $12 billion tourism industry, and the Governor’s Fishing Opener is the big event for the season.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Scent Of Smoke Fills The Air As Wildfire Haze Reduces Air Quality
And when Frank and Chris travel to towns like Nisswa, they love to see businesses that are doing well.
A new one in the Brainerd Lakes Area is Jack Pine Brewery. Patrick Sundberg started it a year-and-a-half ago.
While the craft brew industry is booming in the Twin Cities, this is the only brewery within 60 miles of the Brainerd area.
And it’s a one-man operation. Sundberg brews three year-round beers and one seasonal.
There are taps in about 15 bars around here, and you can pick up growlers to go.
Frank & Chris Visit Jack Pine Brewery
While fishing out on the lakes is loads of fun, it’s only half the battle.
If you catch a keeper, you’ve got to filet it.
On Friday afternoon, Chris went up against Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh, in a fish filleting competition
Find out who had the cleaner cut…
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