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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DEVILS LAKE—Devils Lake is projected to be about 2 feet higher this summer than last year, but the lake won't rise 4 feet like forecasters had predicted in January. That has resort owners and fishing guides gearing up with optimism for the open water tourism season that's about to hit full swing and water managers breathing a sigh of relief.
You know summer's not far away in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks when plans start taking shape for the Red River Valley Catfish League. First up, league organizers again this year are holding an Open House for prospective anglers to sign up for the season, meet other anglers, go fishing or just ask questions. The Open House is set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at the "Whopper John Little" (North) Boat Landing below Riverside Dam in Grand Forks.
CROOKSTON—Nick Genereux's taxidermy studio is filled with head and full body mounts of all sizes and varieties. It's also filling up with awards. Owner of Outdoor Addictions Taxidermy in Crookston, Genereux recently won Taxidermist of the Year and Judge's Choice Breakthrough Best of Show awards in the Masters Division of the Minnesota Taxidermy Guild's annual convention and competition March 30 through April 2 in Rochester, Minn. As Minnesota taxidermy awards go, that's as good as it gets.
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 • April 29: Zippel Bay Ice-Out Pike Tournament, Zippel Bay Resort, Lake of the Woods north of Williams, Minn. Info: Zippel Bay Resort, (800) 222-2537.
Lake of the Woods and Rainy River The spring walleye season closed April 14 with a bang as the water in the Rainy River cleared up, and anglers again started catching walleyes and saugers of all sizes, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported in its weekly update.
ERSKINE, Minn. — Private landowners in northwest Minnesota interested in conservation on their lands now can apply for a program run in partnership by Audubon Minnesota and the Minnesota Land Trust. The program is focused in the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands region and is aimed at protecting and restoring Minnesota's Important Bird Areas.
Every year about this time, after the ice leaves North Dakota lakes and game fish like northern pike and walleye go through their annual effort to spawn, the Game and Fish Department fields a fair number of questions about the state's year-round fishing season. In my experience, the questions are typically from a curiosity angle rather than a criticism (though there certainly are a few critics) and are often based on the awareness that Minnesota closes its season for walleyes and pike on inland waters from late February to mid-May.
Carter Brown of Walhalla, N.D., wrestled this northern pike to shore April 15 near Cando, N.D., while fishing with his grandfather, Dan Horgan. The pike, which measured 44 inches, weighed 23½ pounds. Carter released the pike after a couple of quick photos. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
The National Guard drove down the flooded street early that morning blaring evacuation orders, and the next month flew by in a blur that remains amazingly vivid 20 years later. I evacuated my house the morning of April 19, 1997, and didn't stay there again until a month — to the day — later. I had a house to go home to after the water receded, so I was one of the lucky ones. "Blur" and "vivid" aren't words that normally appear in the same sentence, I know, but they work in the context of the Flood of 1997, an epic natural disaster if ever there was one.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28 inches—Zac Bernier, Grand Forks, Rainy River. Northern pike kept 20-pound minimum • 20 pounds, 9 ounces—Zev Rush, Devils Lake, Lake Sakakawea. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org , 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.