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, Minn. — Joey Jacobsen caught the walleye of a lifetime in early July when he landed a 31½-inch wall hanger on Lake of the Woods while fishing with family northwest of Morris Point. A walleye that size will send any fisherman's heart racing, but in Jacobsen's case, it's even more of an accomplishment considering what he's been through. He's a living miracle, a testament to the power of believing.
I haven't been able to give this book the full read it deserves, but if there ever was a book that captured the lore and allure of fish and fishing in the Northland, it's Eric Dregni's new "Let's Go Fishing: Fish Tales from the Northwoods." It's obvious from the get-go: This one's a keeper. Filled with historic photos, advertisements and postcards both color and black and white, the coffee table-style book is a collection of tales and accounts that can be read in one sitting or one chapter or section at a time in whatever order the reader chooses.
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 20: Final Wednesday night of the season for Red River Valley Catfish League, 6 to 9 p.m., LaFave Park, East Grand Forks. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Info: rrvcatfish.com.
Q. What's the status of the public boat ramp the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is supposed to build at Rocky Point on Lake of the Woods? It's been talked about for years, but nothing seems to happen. A. Thanks for triggering my memory on that one. You're correct—it has been talked about for years. The short answer, to put it bluntly, is the project is mired in red tape. That's my take on it, at least.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27¾ and 27 inches—Brad Durick, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 27 inches—Leslie Ann Handyside, Fosston, Minn., Lake of the Woods. • 26 inches—Grady Hurst, 6, Thompson, N.D., Lake of the Woods. Channel catfish kept 12-pound minimum • 19 pounds—William Lies, Fargo, Maple River. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 31 inches—Noah Burger, 12, Grand Forks, Red River. • 8 pounds, 5 ounces—Avarie Carlson, Edgeley, N.D., Devils Lake.
Lake of the Woods Lake of the Woods is known for excellent July and August fishing, and walleyes so far are cooperating nicely, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in this week's fishing update. Many resorts are downrigging, but jig fishing and drifting spinners also are producing fish for anglers targeting walleyes in 28 feet to 32 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay. Good fishing near Pine Island also has been reported.
Noah Burger, 12, Grand Forks, caught this 31-inch walleye on the Red River. Click on the image to view the full photo.
Rich Thorpe of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska caught these ling cod during a recent charter boat excursion out of Valdez, Alaska, Thorpe, who spent several years at Grand...
Q. I've heard there's a good blueberry crop in the works this year. I've never picked blueberries, but I'd like to give it a try. What can you tell me about where to find them? A. Blueberry pickers by nature are a secretive bunch, and I'm no different, so I won't point you to specific areas for fear of encountering the wrath of my blueberry picking friends. I will tell you, though, that your best bet for finding blueberries is to head east out of the Red River Valley into more forested country—especially forested country with jackpine stands.
Anyone who's ever come into contact with the business end of a barbed fishhook will agree the experience isn't a whole lot of fun. Accidents happen even among experienced anglers, and that's why it's important to carry needlenose pliers—or other tools capable of cutting or removing hooks—and a first aid kit to handle any mishaps that might occur. Pinching the barbs is another good precaution; it's a lot easier to remove a barbless hook.