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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Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 29½, 29, 27¾ and 25½ inches—Jerry Jensen, Glenwood, Minn., Manigotagan Lake, Man. • 29 inches—Bill Stauss, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods, Ont.* • 26¾ inches—Howard Johnson, Brooten, Minn., Manigotagan Lake, Man. • 26½ and 25½ inches—Dave Ashton, White Bear Lake, Minn., Manigotagan Lake, Man. • 26¼ and 26 inches—Rod St.Aubyn, West Fargo, N.D., Manigotagan Lake, Man. • 25¾ inches—Pat Heffernan, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods, Ont.*
If you've never been to Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, here's the perfect excuse for a last-minute road trip. The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges group is hosting an event marking Rydell's 25th anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. today—Sunday, June 11—at the refuge, located at 17788 349th St. SE between Mentor and Erskine, Minn.. The refuge is about 55 miles southeast of Grand Forks, and getting there is as simple as heading east on U.S. Highway 2, turning south on Polk County Road 210 between Mentor and Erskine and following the signs to the refuge.
The carp were there, sucking up seeds or bugs or whatever else might have been floating down the surface of the Red River. Fly casting below Riverside Dam in Grand Forks, Steve Ficocello could see the fish as their orange lips broke the surface of the river. With the precision of an experienced fly caster, Ficocello routinely placed his fly within lipping distance of the carp. More than once, his 7-weight fly rod loaded up, heightening the anticipation of a potential strike.
Lake of the Woods Anglers continue to catch strong numbers of walleyes and saugers, with best action in 18 feet to 30 feet of water on a jig tipped with a frozen shiner or leech, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Pulling silver or hammered gold spinners also has been effective, the report said, and anglers have landed the occasional jumbo perch or pike mixed in with walleyes and saugers.
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. Meetings • June 28: Public input meeting on proposed forest trails in Beltrami Island State Forest, 6 to 8 p.m., DNR Forestry Office, 804 Cherne Drive NW, Warroad, Minn. Presentation to begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by time for questions and answers, map review and comments. Info: (651) 259-5279, (218) 308-2372 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Events
Well how about that—there's another opossum in Grand Forks. Researchers live-trapping skunks in Grand Forks and fitting them with radio collars as part of a study to learn more about where the animals live in city limits caught the opossum Wednesday, said Jay Boulanger, UND assistant professor of wildlife ecology and human dimensions.
The annual peregrine banding event at the UND Water Tower is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, June 12, below the water tower adjacent to Starcher Hall, located at 10 Cornell St. on the UND campus. Licensed bander and raptor expert Tim Driscoll of Grand Forks, who closely follows the comings and goings of peregrine parents Marv and Terminator, said he's been able to count three peregrine falcon chicks in the nest. Also Monday, Driscoll plans to band peregrine chicks in Crookston at 9 a.m..
Adam Wentz of Mt. Joy, Pa., caught his first northern pike on Saturday, June 3, while fishing Devils Lake. He caught the fish on a jig and soft plastic combo. Click on the image to see the full photo.
OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Man.—The morning was absolutely miserable—cold, cloudy and windy—and banding birds or getting into the heart of the marsh by canoe wasn't going to be an option. "The wind is quite strong this morning," Jacques Bourgeois wrote in an email. "Can you postpone your visit to tomorrow?" A longtime interpreter and naturalist at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Bourgeois works in marketing and communications and had hoped to showcase a couple of the center's more popular outdoor offerings—banding birds and canoeing into the marsh.
Muzzleloader hunters in Minnesota will be able to use magnifying scopes on their guns, blaze pink will be allowed for hunters in the field, and anglers and deer hunters will pay a few dollars more for their licenses beginning in 2018 under legislation Gov. Mark Dayton signed Tuesday.