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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WARROAD, Minn.—Surveys such as the fall gillnetting assessment the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conducts every September on Lake of the Woods also offer learning opportunities. Allen Edman, a Warroad elementary school teacher who grew up on the Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods, last week brought students from his sixth-grade Minnesota history and science class to the site where DNR fisheries crews were sampling fish they'd caught near Warroad.
WARROAD, Minn.—Lake of the Woods stretched out like a vast, gray sea on this weekend September morning as a fisheries crew from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources left the dock in a 25-foot Boston Whaler to check their nets. A stiff northwest wind had stirred up waves that definitely fell into the "walleye chop" category—as they'd say in the fishing vernacular-- when the crew left the dock. The big lake gets a whole lot rougher, but anyone venturing out in a 16-foot fishing boat on this morning would have been in for a bumpy ride.
I've learned over the years working and playing outdoors to always pack extra boots and socks, plan to leave early and get home a little bit late. Jumper cables, a tow rope and an extra sandwich are worth turning around and going back to get. Beyond that, one of my go-to bits of advice refers to knowing the land on which you're hunting and whether you have permission to be there. For me, that means knowing the boundaries of public land or having direct permission from the landowner to hunt a piece of property. It's pretty much a case of "if you don't know, don't go." Period.
Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 42 inches and 40 inches—Niles Short, Minnewaukan, N.D., Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 35½ inches—Brett Anderson, 14, Northwood, N.D., Red River. • 23½ pounds and 21 pounds—Braden Durick, 6, Grand Forks, Red River. • 21.4 pounds—Lucas Keizer, 8, Grand Forks, Red River. Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27 inches—Judy Karch, Valley City, N.D., Devils Lake. Crappie kept 1 ½-pound minimum
Cliff Coss, grandson Mikey and a fishing partner who took the photo caught these walleyes and pike July 31 on Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Tom Hagness (pictured) of Grand Forks and fishing partner Cliff Coss caught these walleyes and pike Sept. 9 while fishing Devils Lake. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Lake of the Woods Large schools of walleyes, saugers and baitfish continue to roam the middle section of Big Traverse Bay from the west to east sides of the lake, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. The most successful anglers are using their electronics to locate fish and pulling crankbaits to trigger strikes. Anchoring up and jigging with frozen shiners is becoming more successful as the water cools, the report said. The water temperature in the basin is in the 62- to 64-degree range.
Brett Anderson, 14, of Northwood, N.D., released this 35½-inch catfish Sept. 18 on the Red River. He is a freshman at Northwood Public School. Click on the image to see...
Saturday is Hunting and Fishing Day in N.D. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a proclamation designating Saturday as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Dakota. The proclamation references the state's hunting and fishing traditions and how hunters and anglers help generate revenue and support conservation through license fees and direct spending. The Hunting and Fishing Day proclamation is published on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.
Cliff Crawford of Grand Forks caught this 14½ -inch crappie Aug. 30 on Third Crow Wing Lake south of Park Rapids, Minn. Crawford said he’d just gotten his line cleared...