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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Kip Viau of Thompson, N.D., caught this 30-inch walleye April 30 northwest of Devils Lake. He kept the fish.
Q. Help me settle an argument. I'm almost positive North Dakota or Minnesota residents need licenses from their respective states to legally fish the Red River in a boat or on the ice, but someone else claims a license from either state will work in those situations, even if it's a North Dakota resident with a Minnesota fishing license or a Minnesota resident with a North Dakota fishing license. Who's right? A. I would have put my money on your side in this argument, and it turns out both of you are right. Kind of. How's that, you ask?
ELY, Minn.—It took all of about 15 seconds for things to get exciting Tuesday morning. "Someone want to get that?" Steve Foss asked as the fishing rod bounced to the beat of a lake trout twisting and turning—in the way lake trout always do—just a few feet behind the boat. He'd been trying to set the first of three lines on a Burntside Lake trolling run when the lake trout hit a flashy spoon fluttering about 2 feet below the surface.
Let's face it. The gray catbird is a well-named species. No other bird species that occurs here is so uniformly gray across its body. There are only two exceptions: the top of its head and beneath its tail. Catbird heads are crowned with black. Their undersides just in front of the tail are reddish.
An early spring ice-out provided a jump start to the 2016 open-water season for North Dakota anglers. Then came a period of rather cool temperatures that slowed water warm-up and delayed other forms of water recreation. Now, however, Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer is here, and regardless of water temperatures, it's time for recreational boating, other water activities and just enjoying a summer that never is long enough.
Courtesy at the boat ramp should be a given, but ask anyone who spends time in a boat, and they inevitably will share horror stories about egregious cases of boat ramp rudeness. In many cases, it's not intentional but instead merely is ignorance or lack of common sense. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of summer boating season, and as it does every year about this time, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds boaters to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.
To get an event in the 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 • June 8: Paddling event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Red Lake River in Central Park, Crookston. The International Water Institute, in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry and Ground Up Adventures, is hosting the event, and participants will be able to paddle 24-foot voyageur canoes that hold 10 passengers. Food and refreshments will be available. Info: Andy Ulven, (701) 429-4518 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
They come every year, usually twice, to fish catfish on the Manitoba side of the Red River. Now in their 80s, the couple make the 850-mile pilgrimage from their home in Mount Morris, Ill., because there's no place like the Red River for channel catfish. More specifically, there's no place like the Manitoba side of the river for big channel catfish, the brutes that routinely tip the scales at 20 pounds and more.
Lake of the Woods Walleye fishing is on the upswing with the recent warm-up in temperatures, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Fish are biting, and finding the active schools is key. Anglers are fishing a variety locations in depths up to 28 feet. Anchoring and vertical jigging is producing numerous limits, and some anglers are trolling spinners if the wind conditions are right. Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting quarter-ounce jigs in 20 to 27 feet of water in both Minnesota and Ontario waters.
There's at least one new peregrine falcon chick in town, and the next few days should provide a clearer picture of this year's hatch, a local raptor expert says. Tim Driscoll, Grand Forks, a licensed bander who keeps close tabs on the birds, said female Terminator and male Marv were seen feeding at least one chick Friday in the nest box atop the UND water tower. In all likelihood, there are more chicks, but that's difficult to determine because the nest box is so high, and there's no camera set up on the tower to aid Driscoll and other falcon watchers.