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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Troy Bazey of Grand Forks released this 26-inch walleye June 18 on Lake of the Woods. Click on the image to view the full photo.
Tom Walski of Devils Lake caught this 32-inch walleye July 4 on Devils Lake. He kept the fish for mounting. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Hudson Dahlin, 5, East Grand Forks, caught this 28-inch walleye July 4 while fishing Lake of the Woods out of Cyrus Resort. Holding the fish is his dad, Travis. Hudson...
I took advantage of a favorable weather forecast to spend a few days at the getaway "Up North" this past week, and it seems as I've been in catchup mode ever since. With that in mind, I'll use today's column for a few updates. There was mixed news for North Dakota upland game hunters Friday when the Game and Fish Department announced spring pheasant crowing counts were up slightly from last year, while sharptail counts took a slight dip.
ROSEAU COUNTY, Minn.—June had been a mostly miserable month in the border country, with too much rain and far too many severe storm warnings for my tastes. Almost daily, it seemed, severe weather would swoop in along the U.S.-Canadian border and hammer portions of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, triggering a barrage of alerts and warnings on my smartphone. I'm not a big fan of getting caught in bad weather without a basement or other shelter at hand, and so my trips to the getaway "Up North" weren't as regular for much of June as I would have liked.
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The latest innovation from conservation and research group Delta Waterfowl could change the way waterfowl managers work. Led by Frank Rohwer, Delta's president and chief scientist, a team tested a combination of new technology on the prairie duck breeding grounds. By flying a drone carrying a mounted thermal-imaging camera over grassland cover, Rohwer was able to pinpoint nesting ducks indicated by the camera's heat signature. In a news release, Delta said the thermal-imaging cameras proved to be excellent at finding duck nests and even detected a small songbird nest.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 29½ inches—Shawn Walters, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. • 29 inches—Trentin Ystaas, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. • 28½, 28 and 25 inches—Gary Nilsson, Walhalla, N.D., Minaki, Ont. • 27½ inches—Diane Nelson, Northwood, N.D., Devils Lake. • 26 inches—Carol Fontaine, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Lake of the Woods. • 25 and 25 inches—Neil Nilsson, Cavalier, N.D., Minaki, Ont. Catfish released 30-inch minimum
Most people who enjoy the outdoors realize the enjoyment provided not only by the solitude or just getting away from it all, but the smell of nature and the piece of mind the outdoors provides—essentially free. When a campsite still is blaring rock music as the sun comes up, cans and Styrofoam are floating in the water and the smell of rotting fish or bait discarded on shore fills the air, most people agree such unrequested ingredients will sour the taste of spending time outdoors.
Q. I am wondering why the lakes are much more weedy than a few years ago. Could it be from fertilizer? I fish Maple and Union lakes in Minnesota. They seem to be getting worse every year. A. There could be several reasons for what you're observing. The first question that comes to mind is whether the "weeds" you mention are aquatic vegetation or algae blooms.