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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SHINING FALLS LODGE, Man.—The big pike blasted out of the weeds and T-boned the walleye on Tobias Becker's line right next to the boat. That will get a fisherman's attention. For a few seconds, it looked as if Becker would land both the walleye and the pike—it's happened before—but then the toothy Esox lucius decided something wasn't right and loosened its grip, leaving the walleye only slightly worse for the wear. The pike was still down there, though, and obviously hungry, or at least in a nasty mood, so Becker kept trying to catch it.
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 • Aug. 12: Red River Valley Catfish Club Year End Tournament, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red River at Whopper John Little Boat Landing, Grand Forks. Entry fee $100 per team; need not be a member of the catfish club to fish the tournament. Entry form and regulations available online at i29classic.com.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28 inches—Sue Christopherson, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. • 26 inches—Shirley Christopherson, East Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. 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.
Lake of the Woods The best reports are coming from 15 feet to 31 feet of water, where spinners tipped with leeches, crawlers or minnows are catching a mix of walleyes and saugers, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Finding structure is crucial, the report said. Pike are active all over the lake, perch are scattered in schools and smallmouth fishing is good in areas with the rocky habitat bass prefer.
More incidents of catfish being caught to left to rot on shore have been reported. Catherine Johnson, seasonal manager of the Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks, on Thursday shared a photograph a park employee took Wednesday after finding rotting catfish by the Eagle Point boat landing on the Red Lake River. The photo shows at least seven catfish, and the bellies of two with their undersides visible clearly had been slit.
All systems are go for the 30th annual Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament set for Saturday and Sunday on the Red River. LaFave Park below Cabela's in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters, and the two-person teams competing in the event can fish from Riverside Dam upstream to the Thompson Bridge. The tournament is limited to 125-two person teams. According to a spokesman for IAFF Local 3423, the East Grand Forks firefighters union that runs the tournament, 101 teams had signed up to fish the tournament as of Thursday morning.
Grand Forks Greenway staff and authorities on both sides of the Red River are seeking the public's help with a rash of incidents in which anglers fishing from shore have caught catfish and left them on stringers to rot. Kim Greendahl, Greenway coordinator for the city of Grand Forks, said the incidents have been going on the past couple of weeks on both sides of the river. Most recently, two stringers were found Tuesday in East Grand Forks and another on the Grand Forks side of the river.
Shawn Hennings is in for quite an adventure. Hennings, 46, of Hillsboro, N.D., is a member of the four-man USA Predator Fishing Team competing in the 2017 World Predator Fishing Championship, set for Sept. 2-3 on Russia's Ivankovo Reservoir, an impoundment of the Volga River about 2 hours north of Moscow. The U.S. anglers are among 20 teams from across the world converging on the Russian reservoir. Beyond that, Hennings says, there are a lot of unknowns going into the competition.
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 26: Red River Valley Catfish League "need not be a member" night, 6 to 9 p.m., LaFave Park boat ramp, East Grand Forks. Registration starts at 5 p.m., and entry fee is $10 per boat. This week only, entrants don't have to be members of the Red River Catfish Club to fish the league night. Info: rrvcatfish.com.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 26½ inches—Stanley Vistad, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 32 inches—Charlie Anderson, Fargo, Red River. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 34 inches—Sandra Holmstrom, West Fargo, N.D., Devils Lake.