Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will open the fishing season Saturday on Lake Vermilion

Gov. Mark Dayton will take a break from legislative matters this weekend and go fishing on Lake Vermilion for Saturday’s annual Governor’s Fishing Opener.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is also heading north for the event, which will be based out of the Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

Each year, the host community provides fishing guides for the top state officials: this year, Tim “Buck” Lescarbeau will fish with Dayton, and Casey Sunsdahl will fish with Smith.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener was first held in 1948 and is moved to different lakes around the state each year to help kick off the tourism season and boost the fishing/resort industry.

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  1. Submitted by jody rooney on 05/07/2015 - 12:00 pm.

    Dress warm and don’t gorget to tour the museum

    Fortune Bay is the one Casino who can lay claim to really being a resort. Not only is the setting gorgeous there is really enough to do to make it a weekend or a week that is not all about gaming.

    There is boat and pontoon rental, a spectacular golf course, your close to some pretty interesting places like Ely. The museum is second only to the Mille Lacs Museum on Ojibwe culture and has a slightly different slant because of the northern migration route vs. southern.

    Wonderful place to go and the setting is fantastic. For folks who think resorting is dead this is what the modern resort looks like.

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