Gildow, Kvalevog to guide Dayton, Prettner Solon
Brainerd lakes area angler Ray Gildow will host Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow angler Toby Kvalevog will guide Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon for the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener on Saturday, May 10.
A U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, Gildow has been a professional fishing guide in the Brainerd lakes area for 25 years. His love of fishing dates back to his toddler years, when he learned the sport from his father and grandfathers.
He calls Gull Lake his “second home” after fishing there in every season since junior high. Additional contributions to the Minnesota fishing industry include his book, “Legends and Legacies: A History of the Nisswa Guide League”; his Lakeland Public Television show “Lakeland Currents”; and his weekly fishing report on the “Brainerd Outdoors” radio show.
Beyond fishing, Gildow keeps himself busy as the chair of the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation, board member for Lakeland Public Television, drummer and singer with his part-time band, and husband, father and grandfather.
Kvalevog, a fisherman for 35 years, has called the Brainerd lakes area home since 1999. He considers the area a “multispecies mecca” thanks to the diversity of fish that can be caught there, including walleye, bass, perch, northern pike, muskie and crappie.