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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NARCISSE SNAKE DENS, Man.—The snakes—dozens, perhaps even hundreds—resembled a giant undulating blob of spaghetti as they twisted and rolled in their apparent attempt to scale the side of the rocky pit. Like Medusa—the snake-haired goddess of Greek mythology—brushing her reptilian locks, the mass of red-sided garter snakes would slither a foot or two up the side of the pit before sliding back to the bottom. Over and over they did this, producing a sound similar to white noise as they twisted and slithered at the bottom of the pit.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 31 inches—Gary Bultman, Blaine, Minn., Devils Lake. • 28½ inches—Rich Longoria, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 28½ inches—Dick Hatt, Manvel, N.D., Lake of the Woods. • 26 inches—David Flitter, Reynolds, N.D., Devils Lake. Channel catfish released 30-inch minimum • 36, 31 and 30 inches—Micah Mabin, Bismarck, Red River. Crappie kept 1½-pound minimum • 2 pounds, 2 ounces—L.J. Flaten, Park River, N.D., Whitman Dam, N.D.
Mark Pegg needed 10 catfish from the Grand Fork stretch of the Red River. And he'd budgeted two days to catch them. Yeah, right. ... Turns out he needed less than four hours. A fish ecologist and instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pegg was working with UNL grad student Henry Hansen, undergraduate senior McKenzie Hauger and local catfish guide Brad Durick to catch, tag and implant radio-transmitters in 10 catfish near Grand Forks.
There are many things to like about May, and as the month enters the homestretch, I'd have to say it's been a good one. From spending a morning in a blind watching a ruffed grouse drum to a Minnesota walleye opener that was as enjoyable as any I've ever had, May delivered an abundance of good times outdoors.
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. Events • May 28: Interpretive program,"Birds and Blooms," 8 to 9 a.m., Red River State Recreation Area, East Grand Forks. Info: Catherine Johnson, (218) 773-4950 or firstname.lastname@example.org . • May 28: "Dollar-A-Day Boys: Music and Storytelling about the CCC in Minnesota," 1:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Info: (218) 308-2300.
Lake of the Woods
Dick Hatt of Manvel, N.D., caught this 28½-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods while accompanied by his grandson and fishing buddy, Riley Hatt. The walleye was released. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Mollie Ficocello of Grand Forks braved the mud to land this Red River catfish the day after graduating from the UND Law School. She released the catfish after a quick photo but didn't get a length or weight on the fish.
There was good news this past week for people who visit the Northwest Angle when U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has selected the area for a pilot project aimed at simplifying the border-crossing process. The pilot project will benefit tourists returning to the remote part of Minnesota after venturing into Ontario by snowmobile or boating into Ontario waters and stepping foot on Canadian soil.
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. Events • May 27: Taking Flight: Spotting Spring Birds, 8 to 10 a.m., Itasca State Park. Minn. Bring binoculars and bird field guide books. Park has a limited number of binoculars to lend. Info: (218) 699-7251 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .