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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Some friends and I are taking a fly-in fishing trip in late July to a remote northern Ontario lake, and packing to stay within the required weight limit for the...
A northwest Minnesota lawmaker concedes he might not be popular with elk proponents for legislation that limits the Department of Natural Resources in its ability to expand elk herds in the state but says the concerns of Kittson County ag producers who long have battled elk problems had to come first. The DNR, meanwhile, says it plans to continue working with producers facing elk damage in an effort to alleviate the problems.
Lake of the Woods Mother Nature offered a variety of weather conditions during the Memorial Day weekend but the walleyes didn't seem to mind, Lake of the Woods tourism reported in its weekly update. Anglers are catching fish around the lake, and action on the reefs is improving. Look for walleyes in 7 to 14 feet of water and 20 to 27 feet of water. Jigging with a minnow, pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers or trolling crankbaits all put have walleyes in the boat. Best colors are gold and bright colors such as orange, chartreuse or pink.
Kip Viau of Thompson, N.D., caught this 30-inch walleye April 30 northwest of Devils Lake. He kept the fish.
Q. Help me settle an argument. I'm almost positive North Dakota or Minnesota residents need licenses from their respective states to legally fish the Red River in a boat or on the ice, but someone else claims a license from either state will work in those situations, even if it's a North Dakota resident with a Minnesota fishing license or a Minnesota resident with a North Dakota fishing license. Who's right? A. I would have put my money on your side in this argument, and it turns out both of you are right. Kind of. How's that, you ask?
ELY, Minn.—It took all of about 15 seconds for things to get exciting Tuesday morning. "Someone want to get that?" Steve Foss asked as the fishing rod bounced to the beat of a lake trout twisting and turning—in the way lake trout always do—just a few feet behind the boat. He'd been trying to set the first of three lines on a Burntside Lake trolling run when the lake trout hit a flashy spoon fluttering about 2 feet below the surface.
Let's face it. The gray catbird is a well-named species. No other bird species that occurs here is so uniformly gray across its body. There are only two exceptions: the top of its head and beneath its tail. Catbird heads are crowned with black. Their undersides just in front of the tail are reddish.
An early spring ice-out provided a jump start to the 2016 open-water season for North Dakota anglers. Then came a period of rather cool temperatures that slowed water warm-up and delayed other forms of water recreation. Now, however, Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer is here, and regardless of water temperatures, it's time for recreational boating, other water activities and just enjoying a summer that never is long enough.
Courtesy at the boat ramp should be a given, but ask anyone who spends time in a boat, and they inevitably will share horror stories about egregious cases of boat ramp rudeness. In many cases, it's not intentional but instead merely is ignorance or lack of common sense. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of summer boating season, and as it does every year about this time, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds boaters to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.