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 Ice is beginning to lose its grip on the big lake. Satellite images from Wednesday showed much of Big Traverse Bay was open, with remaining ice...
DEVILS LAKE—Nathan Lafleur says it never entered his mind to keep the massive northern pike he caught Wednesday evening while fly fishing from shore along a shallow bay of Devils Lake. Never mind the fact the fish had a 22-inch girth and measured 51½ inches, eclipsing the 48-inch length of the state record pike, which weighed 37 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught in 1968 on Lake Sakakawea. Lafleur says he never weighed the pike, but online length-girth estimates put the fish in the ballpark of 39 pounds. Yowza!
Senate passes bipartisan Sportsmen's Act The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the bipartisan Sportsmen's Act as part of the federal energy bill. The measure, which passed the Senate Energy Committee in November, reauthorizes important conservation programs, improves access to federal lands and helps boost the outdoor recreation economy.
A new handicap-accessible fishing pier is nearing completion along Channel A, which flows into Devils Lake at Six-Mile Bay. According to Devils Lake Tourism, two other shore fishing piers—at Henegar Landing and East Ditch Rec Area—also are part of the overall $610,765 project. Channel A was chosen for the first shore fishing pier because it already is known as a top location to intercept walleyes and northern pike each spring. The inflowing water from thousands of square miles enters the lake through Channel A.
Just like it is most spring nights, the Grand Forks Gun Club along U.S. Highway 2 west of town was a hopping place Tuesday evening. More than 50 kids from Grand Forks and Thompson, N.D., schools were on hand to test their trapshooting skills as participants in the burgeoning North Dakota State High School Clay Target League.
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Lake of the Woods-Rainy River Ice continues to cover much of Big Traverse Bay, but the spring walleye season on Rainy River ended April 14 in a big way, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported. A lot of boats with a lot of success, with walleyes up to 32-plus inches released. With walleye season closed, sights turn to northern pike, which has a continuous season on Lake of the Woods.
FISHER, Minn.—On a typical Monday afternoon, the Red Lake River as it flows under the bridge on Polk County Road 15 is a peaceful prairie stream. Add a crew of boisterous fourth-graders, though and that changes in a hurry. That was the case Monday, when 11 students from Sandra Fetsch's fourth-grade class in Fisher released miniature cedar canoes into the Red Lake River as part of a watershed education program called River of Dreams. The Fargo-based International Water Institute is sponsoring the program.
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ST. PAUL—Minnesota's state-record fish program now will include catch-and-release length records, but for only three species—lake sturgeon, flathead catfish and muskellunge, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this week. Traditional catch-and-keep records will remain an option for all species, said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the DNR