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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To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Banquets • Saturday: Red River Valley chapter of Pheasants Forever gun raffle, 8 p.m., East Grand Forks Eagles Club; 175 guns will be raffled off. Info: Brian Nelson, (218) 230-4364. Events
North Dakota generally is not considered good country for white egrets. Nevertheless, on a drive across the state last week, I saw two species of half a dozen that occur on the continent. These were the great egret and the snowy egret. Our area has a fairly long but not very consistent association with these birds. Both species are more typical of the southeastern United States, and both are far more common there. They are associated especially with the great marshes and bayous, including Florida's Everglades and coastal Texas and Louisiana.
Bill allowing pink hunting clothes advances Legislation allowing hunters to wear blaze pink in addition to blaze orange continues to make its way through the Minnesota Legislature. The blaze pink provision is included in the House Game and Fish Bill, HF 2844, which has been approved by the House Ways and Means Committee and awaits action on the House Floor. The companion bill in the Senate, SF 2758, awaits action by the Senate Finance Committee.
Paddlefish kept 70-pound minimum • 102 pounds—Brett Dauer, West Fargo, N.D., Upper Missouri River. • 81 pounds—Gunnar Alvarado, Williston, N.D., Yellowstone River. • 78 pounds—Patrick Carrington, Rolla, N.D., Upper Missouri River. • 71 pounds—Alexus Belland, Dickinson, N.D., Yellowstone River. Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 33 inches—Bradley Wenner, Moorhead, Red River at Fargo North Dam.
Lake of the Woods Wind will be the wild card for Saturday's walleye opener. The National Weather Service is calling for northwest winds of about 15 mph, gusting to 21 mph Saturday, though Intellicast predicted northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph. Bottom line, the south shore of the big lake looks to be choppy. If that plays out as forecasted, anglers could find themselves spending a lot of their time in the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay. Both should be decent bets, and jigging with a minnow will be a favored technique for putting fish in the boat.
Here's a piece of advice for anglers venturing out for Saturday's Minnesota walleye opener: Wear warm clothes. Last weekend's balmy temperatures look to be a distant memory come Saturday. There's even an occasional mention of the dreaded "s" word—yes, snow—in the forecast for some places Friday afternoon. Chances of sunburn look to be minimal.
RED LAKE AND WASKISH, Minn.—Pat Brown and Gary Barnard were working at opposite ends of Upper and Lower Red lakes in 1997, but the fisheries biologists encountered scenarios that were as similar as they were gloomy. The two connected basins—on the Red Lake Indian Reservation to the west and the eastern shore of Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County—were all but devoid of walleyes.
Q. I heard the Minnesota DNR is gathering a list of springs across the state. How will I know a spring when I see one, and how can I report the location? A. A spring is a focused natural discharge of flowing groundwater. Some telltale clues are they usually remain unfrozen in winter, they can seem unusually cold in summer and they often are associated with plants such as watercress and willows. Some springs appear to "boil" the surface of lakes and streams.
We contacted a handful of area fishing guides across northern Minnesota for their walleye opener and early season tips and tactics. Here's what they had to say: Toby Kvalevog • Leisure Outdoor Adventures, Leech Lake and other north-central Minnesota waters:
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Banquets • Saturday: Roseau/Lake of the Woods Sportsman Club annual fish fry and membership drive, 4 to 7 p.m., Hawk's Nest, Roosevelt, Minn; $12 for one meal; raffles and door prizes. More info: Natalie Otterson, (218) 242-1259.