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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ST. PAUL -- Brad Hawthorne of Isle, Minn., is an open-water fishing guide on Lake MIlle Lacs in central Minnesota, but in the winter, he runs "The Otter Train," a guided ice fishing service on Upper Red Lake using Otter portable shelters. Hawthorne, 37, also is on the pro staff of Ice Force, which represents some of the top brands in ice fishing, including Rapala, Otter and MarCum, among others. Herald Outdoors Editor Brad Dokken had a chance to talk ice fishing trends and equipment with Hawthorne at the recent St. Paul Ice Show, where the fishing pro was on hand representing Ice Force.
A Grand Forks man recently took the top prize in the "Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park" photo contest. Dave Bruner won the contest with his scenic photo titled,...
Results from a recently completed survey show the number of lake sturgeon 40 inches or longer continues to increase in Lake of the Woods and Rainy River, a trend that bodes well for the species' continued recovery. According to Tom Heinrich, Lake of the Woods specialist for the Department of Natural Resources in Baudette, Minn., the study on both sides of the border lake and river tallied an estimated 92,300 sturgeon 40 inches or longer. That compares with 59,000 sturgeon that size during the previous survey in 2004 and 17,000 during the first population assessment in 1990, Heinrich said
The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count season opens today and continues through Jan. 5. This marks the 115th year for the survey, which includes nearly 2,400 "count circles," in which birders record every individual bird and bird species they observe in a 15-mile radius in a single day. Count circles are planned across the U.S. and Canada, along with parts of Central and South America, Bermuda, the West Indies and Pacific islands. Here's a listing of bird counts planned across the region: Today: Grand Forks; meet at 7 a.m. at Northside Cafe on Gateway Drive.
Q. I will be moving to North Dakota shortly, and I am looking to start ice fishing again. Where are five places in North Dakota I should look at for ice fishing? A. That's a good question, and the good news these days is there are more answers than ever. Thanks to a series of wet years, North Dakota now has a record number of lakes -- more than 400, compared with 168 lakes 25 years ago -- and record or near-record populations of several species. Looking at northeast North Dakota, the first place you should try is a no-brainer.
Most years, there's no shortage of attention grabbers in late fall, with deer season coming and going and the wrap-up of fall sports and harvest and the early stages of the holidays. Such concentration of activity sometimes prevents us from keeping up with an array of hunting and fishing information, and the good news is overshadowed by the not-so-good. The early start to winter right after opening weekend of deer season was kind of a not-so-good news event. North Dakota resident wildlife could use a mild winter again, and the early cold spell was not a good start.
I'd heard for years about the St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show and what a spectacle it is, and what I saw last weekend in checking out the show for the first time certainly lived up to that billing. Even if you didn't like ice fishing, it would have been difficult to avoid getting caught up in the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this winter pastime last weekend. Ice fishing has become big business, and the thousands of people who converged on the St.
Lake of the Woods Anglers are weeding through numbers of small fish but putting together limits of walleyes and saugers in the process. Reports have been best in 25 to 28 feet of water out from Pine Island or 22 to 26 feet toward Long Point and Zippel Bay, and there's 13 to 17 inches of ice being reported. There's also been some consistent walleye action after 4 p.m. each day in 14 feet of water. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting best during the morning and evenings in 14 to 17 feet.
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Dec. 8: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked angling and...