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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Lake of the Woods The northern reefs of Big Traverse Bay near Garden, Bridges and Little Oak islands are serving up the best action in 26 to 30 feet of water. A mix of approaches, including anchoring and jigging as well as drifting or trolling spinners tipped with a leech or crawler, both have been successful. Reports along the south end of the lake have been spotty.
Carlis Kramer of Fargo caught this 44-inch pike June 9 on Devils Lake. He released the pike, which weighed 25 pounds.
Asa Burk and his son, A.J., 3, of Hillsboro, N.D., caught this 33-inch catfish June 20 on the Goose River in Hillsboro. The fish was released after some quick photos.
A few years ago on a Sunday drive near the edge of West Fargo, creeping along with no particular route in mind, one of my kids let out the proverbial, "look." Instinctively, I took my foot of the gas—not that slowing from 10 mph down to 5 mph would make much of a difference—but it was slow enough to allow enough of a look to positively identify the bird as Western meadowlark.
Great strides have been made in promoting the Red River's recreational potential in the past two decades. Amenities ranging from new boat ramps to canoe and kayak rentals now are available, but it's a safe bet a large segment of people who live along the river still don't realize or fully appreciate the resource that flows through their communities.
Anyone who's ever experienced the misfortune of having a dog or other pet sprayed by a skunk knows how unpleasant the encounter is. A few years back, a friend and I were enjoying a cold beer on the porch on a beautiful summer evening when the stench of Pepe Le Pew suddenly suddenly hit our nostrils, driven by a north breeze. We both knew what had happened. Moments later, his German shorthair came slinking back into the yard from her foray afield, the yellow streaks from the skunk spray readily visible on the white portions of her coat.
Grand Forks schools had a strong showing in the state tournament to wrap up their inaugural season of competition in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League. Central took first place in the 2016 Clay Target League state tournament June 18 at The Shooting Park in Horace, N.D. Bryar Hanson, a Central sophomore competing in the boys varsity division, scored a 99 out of 100 in the trapshooting competition to take the High Gun Overall award. Hanson's score helped Central edge Devils Lake by a score of 475 to 472.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 29½ inches—Shawn Walters, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 42 inches—Loy Jelinek, Pisek, N.D., Devils Lake.
This is the second of two columns running on consecutive Sundays about elk in northwest Minnesota. Last week's viewpoint featured comments from Bud Grant, the legendary Minnesota Vikings coach and avid sportsman who'd like to see elk numbers expand. This week's point of view comes from Donnie Schmiedeberg, a Kittson County rancher who talks about the problems elk can cause and the need for a better management plan before increasing elk numbers.
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 26: Bog Watcher Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Info: (218) 308-2300. • June 28: Movie showing, "Duck (A Duckumentary)," 6:30 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. Free admission; light refreshments will be available. Info: (218) 687-2229 ext. 21.