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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Corey (pictured) and Kimmy Plaine of Hallock, Minn., teamed up to land this 50-inch northern pike Aug. 14 on Lake of the Woods near Warroad, Minn. According to Corey, who...
Q. I was at a gathering recently where a fisherman claimed he'd caught a blue catfish in the Red River, and a lively discussion ensued. I told him the Red River doesn't have blue catfish, and he strongly disagreed. Who's right? A.
NDGF sets waterfowl season The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set this fall's waterfowl season, and noteworthy changes include a daily bag limit of two canvasbacks and three white-fronted geese. The regular opener for North Dakota residents is Sept. 26, and nonresidents can begin hunting Oct. 3. The season for swans opens Oct. 3 for both residents and nonresidents. The daily bag limit for ducks is six with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28 inches—Gerald Stahl, Dallas, Ga., Devils Lake. White bass released 16-inch minimum • 18½ inches—Darren Horter, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 17 inches—Kim Johnson, New Rockford, N.D., Devils Lake. • 17, 17, 16, 16, 16, 16 and 16 inches—Charlie Rotzien, Grand Forks, Stump Lake. Smallmouth bass released 16-inch minimum • 17 and 16 inches—Craig Rotzien, Grand Forks, Spiritwood Lake, N.D. • 17, 17, 16, 16 and 16 inches—Charlie Rotzien, Grand Forks, Spiritwood La
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. Events • Aug. 30: Grinding Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Mill State Park near Argyle, Minn. See the historic steam-powered Larson flour mill in operation. At 1 and 2:15 p.m., there will be entertainment with "Auntie Kreamsaugen" from Jaspers Theater. This event is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park. • Sept.
Bear season gets underway Sept. 1 across northern Minnesota, and this recipe from Kris Winkelman, host of the "Kris' Kitchen" segment on husband Babe Winkelman's outdoors TV show, might be worth a try for hunters who successfully fill their tags.
FORT FRANCES, Ont.—In more than 20 years of owning a remote, fly-in fishing camp in northwest Ontario, Bob Lessard had never been grounded by weather. Delayed a few hours, yes. But not a whole day. That changed Wednesday. And six fishing partners and I were grounded with him on a day best spent looking out the window, grateful to be inside and not outdoors. Wind howled. Rain fell, sometimes in sheets. Low clouds hung just above the pine and birch trees lining the lake.
Darren Horter of Grand Forks released this 18½ -inch white bass Aug. 14 on Devils Lake.
Dan Hicks of Fargo released this 30½-inch walleye Aug. 1 on Lake of the Woods.
Lake of the Woods Fishing reports remain favorable, with anglers catching a mix of walleyes and saugers and plenty of photo-worthy walleyes, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports. Drifting with spinners and trolling or downrigging are the favored methods. Top spinner colors are gold or pink tipped with crawlers or frozen shiners. Try Archie's Reef, Long Point or the Morris washout in 24 feet to 26 feet of water.