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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The rainy, stormy summer of 2016 will go down as a banner season for blueberries in Minnesota's North Woods, and those who have been fortunate enough to get in on the picking will attest there's no comparison between wild blueberries and the store-bought variety. The options for preparing wild blueberries are numerous: blueberry pancakes, fresh blueberries and cream, blueberry syrup, blueberry sauce, blueberry muffins. ... And, of course, blueberry pie.
Hudson Kilgore, 11, Grand Forks, caught this 29¼ -inch, 10-pound, 10-ounce walleye on Lake of the Woods while fishing with his dad, Kelly Kilgore, and fishing buddies Pat Novak and Peter Spicer. The fish is going on the wall said Hudson's grandpa, Frank Kilgore.
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. Fishing • Aug. 13: Red River Valley Catfish League year-end tournament, North Landing, Grand Forks; $100 per boat entry fee; need not be a member of the catfish club. Launch begins at 5 a.m., but no fishing is allowed until 7 a.m., and teams must be be weighed in—or in line to weigh in—by 3 p.m. Info: Rob Raymond, (218) 791-3762 or rrvcatfish.com.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 28½ inches—Marlene Sauve, Red Lake Falls, Minn., Lake of the Woods. • 26 inches—Logan Hedlund, 11, Roseau, Minn., Lake of the Woods. • 25 inches—Jane Morgan, Ham Lake, Minn. (formerly of Thompson, N.D.), English River, Ont. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 43 inches—Jack Yem, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 33 inches—Adam Crary, Grand Forks, Red River.
BEMIDJI—Dick Beardsley went fishing on Father's Day and tied on an orange jig in memory of his son, Andy, who died last October in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Andy always used an orange jig when he fished. He was 31 years old when he took his life. The demons from the post-traumatic stress disorder the young man acquired as a soldier in Iraq were too much to overcome.
Lake of the Woods Walleye action remains strong on the big lake, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Resorts are jig fishing, drifting spinners with live bait and downrigging with crankbaits in 28 to 32 feet of water, where good numbers of 16- to 18-inch walleyes are being reported, along with the occasional trophy fish. Areas near Garden Island and 9 to 12 miles off Pine Island are holding fish.
As I reported in Sunday’s Herald outdoors section, Minnesota deer hunters can expect more liberal hunting regulations this fall in many permit areas. The slight increase in harvest opportunities results...
Isaac Telle of East Grand Forks, who just turned 13 (notice the birthday cupcakes at left), shows off some of blueberries he helped pick with his parents, Scott and Linda...
Logan Hedlund, 11, of Roseau, Minn., caught and released this 26-inch walleye July 30 on Lake o the Woods. "He had that smile on his face all day," writes his...
Q. I know hundreds of catfish have been tagged in recent years in the Red River and that several cats tagged in Manitoba have been caught in Grand Forks and points even farther upstream. A few weeks ago, I read a story about radio-transmitters being implanted in about 90 Manitoba catfish. Have any of those fish been reported in the U.S.? A. To date, no radioed fish have been reported in the U.S., but that could be a function of the technology.