Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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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Alan Gregerson of Baudette, Minn., caught this 39-inch fish that appears to be a tiger muskie March 19 on Lake of the Woods while ice fishing near Morris Point. He caught the fish in 20 feet of water while tip-up fishing for northern pike. The Minnesota DNR doesn't stock pike or muskies in the U.S. portion of Lake of the Woods, but the fish has all the markings of a tiger muskie, a hybrid pike-muskie cross, said Dennis Topp, assistant area fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Baudette.
Debbie Kujava says she stopped at Holiday Stationstores in Roseau, Minn., to get some pop after work one day early last week when she decided to pick up a few lottery tickets for the March 14 drawing. She bought the Jackpot Bundle, a package of lottery tickets that includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Gopher 5 and Lotto America. "I thought 'What the heck, just give me the Jackpot Bundle,' " she said. "I put them in my coat pocket and forgot about them."
Members of Mr. Allen Edman’s sixth-grade class in Warroad, Minn., had quite an adventure March 7 when they went on a school ice fishing trip to Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort on Lake of the Woods. Judging by the accompanying photos, both the weather and the fish cooperated.
The potential for wintry weather lingers, but a sure sign of spring flew back into town late last week when Marv the peregrine showed up at his usual perch atop the UND water tower, where he awaits a mate. If all goes according to plan, this will be Marv's fifth season of producing offspring in Grand Forks, local raptor expert Tim Driscoll said Monday. Terminator, the matriarch of Grand Forks' contribution to the species' ongoing recovery, has produced every offspring in the city since 2008, Driscoll said.
One of northern Minnesota's most iconic and most photographed fish statues is being replaced. Willie Walleye, the 40-foot, 2½-ton piscatorial landmark that has greeted visitors to Baudette, Minn., and Lake of the Woods since 1959, will be demolished this summer and replaced with a fiberglass version that will better withstand northern Minnesota's harsh climate. The new version of Willie Walleye, which will look exactly the same as the original, is being built by a company in Sparta, Wis., said Tina Rennemo, Baudette city clerk and treasurer.
In late January, a friend and his son were leaving the ice of Devils Lake after a day of tip-up fishing when they came across five pike laying beside the outline of what appeared to be a wheeled fish house, judging by the imprint on the ice. The pike hadn't been frozen very long so my friend picked them up and took them home. He's well-schooled in the procedure for taking out the pesky Y-bones that give pike a bad rap, and pike either deep fried or grilled with a spicy seasoning are a family favorite. In other words, the pike were put to good use.
NDGF sets 2018-20 fishing regulations Tighter regulations for transporting live white suckers, a shorter paddlefish season and a reduction in daily and possession limits for bluegills are among the changes outlined in North Dakota's 2018-20 fishing proclamation. The regulations take effect April 1 and continue through March 31, 2020. Noteworthy regulation changes include: • The season for taking nongame fish with a bow now will be open year-round.
To get an event in the Outdoors 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. Events Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Vehicle passes are $7 daily and $35 annually in both states. • March 19: Coon 'n Crockett Muzzleloaders, 6 p.m., Happy Joe's Pizza, 2909 S. Washington St., Grand Forks.
Give Jim Job a choice when it comes to fishing, and he'll opt for chasing bluegills. Hands down. Every time. "It's the fight," said Job, Grand Forks, an outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. "To me, they're kind of like a trophy fish. I guess my biggest thing is I get hooked on things that don't get a lot of pressure. "Bluegills are not really a sought-after fish."
Lake of the Woods Fishing has heated up as March hits the midpoint, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in this week's update. Electronics are helpful in putting more walleyes and saugers on the ice. Some fish are aggressive, while others must be enticed into biting. Most resorts have their houses set up atop 24 feet to 33 feet of water and continue to push shallower. Glow spoons and smaller presentations tipped with a minnow head or tail are working well, according to the report.