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Associated Press, Published May 09 2009

Pawlenty catches 15-inch Northern in Minnesota fishing opener

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) - A pre-dawn start paid off for Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has reeled in a 15-inch Northern during the Minnesota fishing opener.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Carey said the governor was on White Bear Lake at 3:30 a.m. Saturday and caught the 1.5 pound fish around 7:30 a.m.

No word yet on the success of first lady Mary Pawlenty or Lieutenant Gov. Carol Molnau, who joined the governor at his annual opening day fishing event.

Pawlenty has a string of catching at least one fish at each Governor's Fishing Opener.

It's the first time in the 61-year history of the Governor's Fishing Opener that the event has been held on a metro lake.