ALBERT LEA, Minn. - To some, the Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener is known as the unofficial start to summer. Jack Lauer cast his net Saturday.
He's one of the lucky fishermen reeling in the fish.
For Lauer it's not about the catch but the serenity of being by the water.
“Decompress a little bit, not think about work ... it's great to have friends and family with you when you fish because they can share the experience,” he said.
Dozens of boats hit the water to celebrate the 72nd annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener.
Even State lawmakers are taking a break from the capitol.
“I personally caught three, you got one,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.
While people enjoy the day, the state budget still looms over Gov. Tim Walz. He tells the crowd he's hopeful an agreement will be made soon.
“We're still optimistic,” he said.