Usually it’s the governor who gets the honor of kicking off the state fishing and hunting openers, but it’s Lt. Gov. Tina Smith who’s out on the water to promote this weekend’s trout opener.
She’s in southeastern Minnesota today and will fish on the Whitewater River in Whitewater State Park.
This afternoon Smith will tour the Trout Run Conservation Area to talk about efforts to conserve natural trout habitat. And she’ll stop at the Oakenwald Bed and Breakfast in Chatfield later today to discuss tourism in southeast Minnesota.