Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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Lake of the Woods The best reports are coming from 15 feet to 31 feet of water, where spinners tipped with leeches, crawlers or minnows are catching a mix of walleyes and saugers, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Finding structure is crucial, the report said. Pike are active all over the lake, perch are scattered in schools and smallmouth fishing is good in areas with the rocky habitat bass prefer.
All systems are go for the 30th annual Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament set for Saturday and Sunday on the Red River. LaFave Park below Cabela's in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters, and the two-person teams competing in the event can fish from Riverside Dam upstream to the Thompson Bridge. The tournament is limited to 125-two person teams. According to a spokesman for IAFF Local 3423, the East Grand Forks firefighters union that runs the tournament, 101 teams had signed up to fish the tournament as of Thursday morning.
Grand Forks Greenway staff and authorities on both sides of the Red River are seeking the public's help with a rash of incidents in which anglers fishing from shore have caught catfish and left them on stringers to rot. Kim Greendahl, Greenway coordinator for the city of Grand Forks, said the incidents have been going on the past couple of weeks on both sides of the river. Most recently, two stringers were found Tuesday in East Grand Forks and another on the Grand Forks side of the river.
Shawn Hennings is in for quite an adventure. Hennings, 46, of Hillsboro, N.D., is a member of the four-man USA Predator Fishing Team competing in the 2017 World Predator Fishing Championship, set for Sept. 2-3 on Russia's Ivankovo Reservoir, an impoundment of the Volga River about 2 hours north of Moscow. The U.S. anglers are among 20 teams from across the world converging on the Russian reservoir. Beyond that, Hennings says, there are a lot of unknowns going into the competition.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Fishing • July 26: Red River Valley Catfish League "need not be a member" night, 6 to 9 p.m., LaFave Park boat ramp, East Grand Forks. Registration starts at 5 p.m., and entry fee is $10 per boat. This week only, entrants don't have to be members of the Red River Catfish Club to fish the league night. Info: rrvcatfish.com.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 26½ inches—Stanley Vistad, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 32 inches—Charlie Anderson, Fargo, Red River. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 34 inches—Sandra Holmstrom, West Fargo, N.D., Devils Lake.
The Northwest Angle area of Lake of the Woods lost a pioneer Thursday. Charlie McKeever was 90. Born in July 7, 1927, McKeever lived on Flag Island overlooking the Ontario border most of his life except for a year in the military and the past three years, when he lived at the Warroad (Minn.) Care Center. McKeever made a living as a self-employed fishing guide, carpenter and, for 45 years, owner of Flag Island Resort. He later ran a summer passenger-boat service from the Northwest Angle mainland to Oak and Flag islands.
Gary Olson of Grand Forks caught and released this 26½-inch walleye Thursday, July 20 on Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the entire photo.
Jason Laumb of Grand Forks caught this halibut July 15 during a fishing trip out of Seward, Alaska. The fish weighed about 80 pounds and measured more than 54 inches long. Click on the image to see the entire photo.
Tim Driscoll suspected something was wrong when the oldest of the three peregrine falcon chicks hatched this spring atop the UND water tower simply disappeared. A licensed bander and raptor expert, Driscoll, of Grand Forks, banded the peregrine in early June, naming him Carl after Carl Barrentine, an associate professor emeritus of humanities and integrated studies at UND. The young peregrine was within days of fledging when he disappeared in late June, and a climber who scaled the tower Thursday, July 13, to check the nest box confirmed the worst, Driscoll said.