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 Fish are spread out, and paying attention to your electronics will put more fish in the bucket right now, according to the weekly report from Lake of the Woods Tourism. Anglers along the south shore continue to venture north to the Knight, Bridges and Garden island areas, where the best fishing is in 27 feet to 33 feet of water. Anglers continue to report some morning walleye activity in 18 feet of water in front of Pine Island. In the Zippel Bay area, fishing structure in 23 to 30 feet of water is best with some morning action shallow.
Boone and Crockett supports wolf bill MISSOULA, Mont. -- Conservation group Boone and Crockett has come out in support of a bill introduced Thursday in Congress to return management of gray wolves to state wildlife agencies in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is among the co-sponsors of HR 884. Other Minnesota lawmakers co-sponsoring the bipartisan legislation are Republican Reps. Tom Emmer and John Kline and Democratic Rep.
I've long wondered about the mindset of people who think it's OK to leave trash behind when they're hunting or fishing. The latest reminder of how often that happens came this week, when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued a news release saying conservation officers are finding too much garbage left on the ice this winter. This is not acceptable. "It is disappointing to find so much trash left on our lakes," Brett Grundmeier, conservation officer for the DNR in Hinckley, Minn., said in the news release.
Q. How widespread are elk in Minnesota? A: Elk were once numerous across the Minnesota prairie and forest transition zone before settlement by Europeans. Elk were absent from Minnesota by the early 1900s because of overharvest and conversion of Minnesota's vast prairie ecosystem to agriculture.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Thursday: Grand Forks Audubon Society, Aaltos meeting room in Canad Inns, 1000 S. 42nd St. Vince Ames will be guest speaker. • Thursday through Feb. 22: 34th annual International Eelpout Festival, Walker, Minn. Info: eelpoutfestival.com. • Friday: Outdoors Day at the North Dakota Legislature, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Hall in State Capitol Building, Bismarck.
Any North Dakota angler who hasn't taken advantage of pike fishing this winter is missing out on the opportunity not only for plenty of action but to enjoy one of the most underrated table fare species that swims in fresh water. Get rid of those pesky Y-bones -- all it takes is a couple of extra steps -- and northern pike will give any species a run on the dinner plate, especially this time of year when the water is cold. North Dakota is blessed with a record number of lakes absolutely teeming with pike right now. Pike fishing on Minnesota inland waters is open through Feb.
Ask Jeb Williams what he'd have chosen for weather going into this winter, and he likely would have asked for an abundance of mild days and little snow. So far, at least, it appears he got his wish. Wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, Williams said wildlife -- especially deer -- needed a break after last winter's cold and snow extended well into May both in North Dakota and Minnesota. "It's good news, there's no doubt," Williams said. "It's good news for critters and people alike.
Lake of the Woods The best reports from the south end of the lake are coming from anglers venturing 22 to 25 miles north to areas near Knight, Bridges and Garden islands. A few fish are being caught during low-light hours in 18 feet of water in front of Pine Island. Reefs in the Long Point area are producing meals of fish, but not buckets of fish. Farther north, good fishing continues in the Northwest Angle area. One day, fish are on the reefs; the next, they're on the edges. Best reports are coming from 20 to 30 feet of water.
A Grand Forks home sustained major fire and smoke damage on the first and second floors Wednesday afternoon, the Grand Forks Fire Department said in a news release. The Fire Department responded to the blaze at 221 Windward Hills Ave. at 5:10 p.m.
Lack of snow didn’t put a damper on Saturday’s Fourth Annual Vintage Snowmobile Day outside the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks. Saturday’s Fourth Annual Vintage Snowmobile Day featured 115...