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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Chad Gendron of Langdon, N.D., released this 30-inch walleye during a recent fishing trip to Minaki, Ont. Click on the image to see the full photo.
Brenda Solberg of Warren, Minn., released this 26-inch walleye July 2 on Lake of the Woods. Holding the fish for her is “Capt. Marshal,” whose last name was not available.
GARRISON, Minn.—We're barely into our first drift on this breezy Saturday morning, and Scott Jensen is into a walleye. A good one, too, by the looks of it. For his two fishing partners, both UND hockey fans, it's tough to take when a fisherman wearing a blinding-yellow Minnesota Gophers hoodie hooks into the first fish of the day. At least he's replaced his Gophers hat from the previous evening with a Minnesota Twins cap. "Don't lose that fish," one of his buddies blurts, in keeping with fishing trip tradition; or words to that effect.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28½ , 27½, 26½, 26½ and 26 inches—John Jacobson, Mayville, N.D., Minaki, Ont. • 27 inches—Gary Nilsson, Walhalla, N.D., Minaki, Ont. • 26½ inches—Zach Kraft, 12, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 26½ and 25 inches—Dave Klevland, Reynolds, N.D., Minaki, Ont. Crappie kept 1½ pound minimum • 2 pounds, 1 ounce—Hunter Brown, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. • 1 pound, 9 ounces—Jim Thomas, Minot, Pelican Lake, N.D.
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So we're in the boat last Saturday catching walleyes on Lake Mille Lacs when the subject turns to bananas and whether they're allowed or forbidden onboard. They're definitely not encouraged, our guide for the day, Jason Freed of Leisure Outdoor Adventures, said of the banana taboo. Freed said he's even heard of anglers who discourage having bananas in a camper if the camper is too close to the boat. The bad juju might rub off and taint the boat, the thinking goes.
Lake of the Woods Wind has been an ongoing battle, and the water is a bit stirred up in places. According to the latest report from Sportsman's Lodge, there's a good jig bite in 30 feet to 32 feet of water in the mud bottom areas of Big Traverse Bay. Anchoring up and jigging with a frozen shiner is a productive technique for targeting fish on the mud. Rock reefs are beginning to hold fish in the Long Point area, and jigging a frozen shiner or a leech about a foot off the bottom in 22 to 26 feet of water is the best option for fishing the rocks.
Water samples from initial testing this spring haven't been processed, but zebra mussels in the Red River remain at relatively low abundance, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says. According to Jessica Howell, aquatic nuisance species coordinator for Game and Fish in Jamestown, N.D., adult zebra mussels were found again last year in the Red River, but the department did not do any specific searches, and none are planned for this summer.
Autumn Degelder, 11, caught her first walleye during a recent fishing trip to Devils Lake. She was fishing at Black Tiger Bay RV Park. Her dad, Mike, said she cast and reeled and even set up her own line and bait. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
Brock Degelder, 5, of Grand Forks, caught his first walleye (the fish is in the net) on his first fishing trip to Black Tiger Bay on Devils Lake. Brock did his own casting and reeled in the fish all by himself, his dad, Mike, said. Click on the image to see the full photo.