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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I've learned over the years working and playing outdoors to always pack extra boots and socks, plan to leave early and get home a little bit late. Jumper cables, a tow rope and an extra sandwich are worth turning around and going back to get. Beyond that, one of my go-to bits of advice refers to knowing the land on which you're hunting and whether you have permission to be there. For me, that means knowing the boundaries of public land or having direct permission from the landowner to hunt a piece of property. It's pretty much a case of "if you don't know, don't go." Period.
Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 42 inches and 40 inches—Niles Short, Minnewaukan, N.D., Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 35½ inches—Brett Anderson, 14, Northwood, N.D., Red River. • 23½ pounds and 21 pounds—Braden Durick, 6, Grand Forks, Red River. • 21.4 pounds—Lucas Keizer, 8, Grand Forks, Red River. Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27 inches—Judy Karch, Valley City, N.D., Devils Lake. Crappie kept 1 ½-pound minimum
Cliff Coss, grandson Mikey and a fishing partner who took the photo caught these walleyes and pike July 31 on Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Tom Hagness (pictured) of Grand Forks and fishing partner Cliff Coss caught these walleyes and pike Sept. 9 while fishing Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Lake of the Woods Large schools of walleyes, saugers and baitfish continue to roam the middle section of Big Traverse Bay from the west to east sides of the lake, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. The most successful anglers are using their electronics to locate fish and pulling crankbaits to trigger strikes. Anchoring up and jigging with frozen shiners is becoming more successful as the water cools, the report said. The water temperature in the basin is in the 62- to 64-degree range.
Brett Anderson, 14, of Northwood, N.D., released this 35½-inch catfish Sept. 18 on the Red River. He is a freshman at Northwood Public School. Click on the image to see...
Saturday is Hunting and Fishing Day in N.D. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a proclamation designating Saturday as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Dakota. The proclamation references the state's hunting and fishing traditions and how hunters and anglers help generate revenue and support conservation through license fees and direct spending. The Hunting and Fishing Day proclamation is published on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.
Cliff Crawford of Grand Forks caught this 14½ -inch crappie Aug. 30 on Third Crow Wing Lake south of Park Rapids, Minn. Crawford said he’d just gotten his line cleared...
Let's cut to the chase this week and get to the important details of North Dakota's 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons. Technically, they already started with early goose in mid-August and now continue on with youth weekend, the resident opener and regular opener on three consecutive weekends.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30 inches—Bev Geller, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 30¼ inches—Donnie Hess, New Town, N.D., Devils Lake. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at email@example.com , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6572 ext. 148, or mail to Brad Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. Please include the angler's town of residence and whether the fish was kept or released.