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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The new North Dakota state record walleye Neal Leier of Bismarck caught Friday, May 18, on the Missouri River in Bismarck has been the talk of the fishing world for good reason. Big fish are fascinating, and news of them travels fast these days. Leier's 15-pound, 13-ounce walleye broke a record that had stood since 1959, when Blair Chapman of Minnewaukan, N.D., weighed in a 15-pound, 12-ounce walleye from Wood Lake in Benson County.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 29½ inches—Ryan (Bob) Anderson, Roseau, Minn., Lake of the Woods. • 29 inches—John Shea, Fargo, Pelican Lake, N.D. • 27½ inches—Zach Yon, Roseau, Minn., Lake of the Woods. White bass kept 3-pound minimum • 3 pounds, 3 ounces—Lyman Melaas, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. Paddlefish kept 70-pound minimum • 101 pounds—Dustin Littlefield, Dickinson, N.D., Yellowstone River.
To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
Ground UP Adventures' Boathouse on the Red opens Saturday for the summer season, offering canoes, kayaks for one and two paddlers, and stand-up paddleboards. Rental rates are $10 per paddler over 11 years old for 90 minutes and $5 per paddler for one extra hour.
ON LAKE OF THE WOODS, Minn.—Anyone who says walleye fishing—or any kind of fishing, for that matter—is an equal opportunity pastime wasn't in Jason's Laumb's boat on the opening weekend of Minnesota's 2018 walleye season. Despite weather that was about as close to perfect as you could ask for on a Minnesota Fishing Opener, the Black Cloud loomed large, at times, for a couple of fishermen in our crew. I was one of them.
This is a rant—about those new-style gas containers equipped with safety features that make it impossible for most of us to dispense the gasoline they're designed to hold. How do I hate them? Let me count the ways. Someday, I'd like to find the people who developed these safety features and turn them loose on a remote northern Minnesota highway. Then, I'd like to see them try to pour fuel from one of their devil cans into a car that has run out of gas.
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. • May 22: Birding Walk, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Red River State Recreation Area. Info: Catherine Johnson, (218) 773-4950 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
A wildfire that started Tuesday northwest of Lancaster, Minn., before jumping the border into Manitoba now is largely contained, officials say, but fire crews remain on high alert for the possibility of wildfires across the region, despite rain in the forecast. The Clow Fire, which started early Tuesday afternoon as a grassfire in Clow Township about 10 miles northwest of Lancaster, burned about 1,300 acres, driven by low relative humidity levels and southwest winds of 37 mph.
Tony Baker of Grand Forks caught and released this 65-inch, 82-pound sturgeon May 3 on the Rainy River in Baudette, Minn.
A wildfire that broke out early Tuesday afternoon in Clow Township about 10 miles northwest of Lancaster, Minn., and later jumped the border into Manitoba was about 70 percent contained as of this morning, officials say. According to Christi Powers, an information officer for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids, Minn., air crews this morning estimated the size of the fire at 1,300 acres in an area that's about half forest and half grasslands. A cabin was confirmed as destroyed by the fire, Powers said.