Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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After several seasons of catch-and-release fishing, anglers on Lake Mille Lacs in central Minnesota will have an opportunity to keep some walleyes during this year's open-water fishing season, the Department of Natural Resources said this week. Last year, state anglers stayed well under the lake's safe-harvest allocation for walleyes. With an improving walleye population, the DNR will allow some walleye harvest when the season opens Saturday, May 11. The DNR will announce the Mille Lacs walleye regulations for the upcoming season in mid-March.
A few lakes and reservoirs in northeast North Dakota likely will experience winter fishkills, which occur when snow and ice block out sunlight, inhibiting photosynthesis and reducing levels of dissolved oxygen fish need to survive.
WARROAD, Minn.—Students in teacher Lance Sage's social studies class at Warroad High School are getting an opportunity during this year's winter trimester to learn about potential outdoors careers. The new elective, called Outdoor Careers Education, is shedding light on the fact that outdoor jobs come in many forms, said Sage, a Lake of the Woods fishing guide during the summer months whose family owns Sage's Angle West Resort on the Northwest Angle. The class began in early December and wraps up March 4.
CROOKSTON—It's a quiet Monday afternoon at Ceason's Bait & Tackle, and one of the regulars is seated at the counter shooting the breeze with owners Myron and Sue Kaiser. Occasional shoppers stop in and browse the aisles, perhaps to snap up a bait bucket and some much-needed tackle or just to see what's there. Pretty much like every other Monday afternoon at Ceason's Bait & Tackle.
To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Banquets • Feb. 23: Minnesota Deer Hunters Association 32nd annual Habitat Banquet, Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids, Minn. Social hour and raffle ticket sales at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 6 p.m. Tickets $35 per person; only 350 tickets available and no tickets will be sold at the door. Order/info: (218) 327-1103 or www.mndeerhunters.com .
Lake of the Woods
Deer and other wildlife continue to weather the winter of 2018-19 fairly well in North Dakota and Minnesota, but that could change if cold and snowy conditions persist through March and into April, wildlife managers say. "It's a traditional Minnesota winter—the problem is we've gotten used to the other ones," said John Williams, northwest region wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji.
The brutal weather of the past couple of weeks has reminded me how much easier it is these days to postpone outdoors excursions until conditions improve. Time was, that rarely happened; I usually went anyway. No more. I've written about this in the past, but the most extreme example of braving the elements I've experienced occurred Jan. 25, 1987, when two of us spent the day ice fishing on Lake of the Woods.
They call themselves the Sailorettes, and this group of Grand Forks-area women is proving that ice fishing isn't just a "guy thing." If the photos are any indication, these women know how to have a good time on the ice during annual winter trips to Lake of the Woods, and they catch plenty of fish in the process. The ice fishing trips have become a winter highlight, said Stacey Flesche, Grand Forks, a founding member of the Sailorettes; this year's trip was the fifth annual.
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