In Southern Minnesota, Governor Walz Highlights Investments in Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, Reels in 10 Fish

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today travelled to Mankato to highlight investments made this session in Minnesota’s $4.4 billion fishing and outdoor recreation industry. Governor Walz fished on Madison Lake, where he caught 10 fish, and visited a state fish hatchery in Waterville. Photos and video from the Governor’s visit are linked here.

“We’re making the case that we have a lot to offer here in Minnesota – including world-class fishing,”said Governor Walz. “By repairing and improving our state’s aging fish hatcheries and outdoor infrastructure, we’re ensuring Minnesota ’s multi-billion-dollar fishing industry remains strong for decades to come.”

This session, Governor Walz signed a $110 million investment in outdoor recreation into law, which provides funding to improve fishing access and update and modernize public water accesses, state park facilities, and fish hatcheries across the state. The infrastructure bill also includes $25 million to provide updates to aging fish hatcheries and fishing infrastructure across the state.

“If you’re looking for a new place to fish, Madison Lake is the place to be,” Governor Walz continued. “Nobody will believe our haul, so go see for yourself. The sun is shining and the fish are biting. Regardless of where you fish or what you catch, I hope all Minnesotans get outside and enjoy our lakes this summer.”

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