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Brad Dokken

A native of Roseau, Minnesota, Brad Dokken graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Mass Communications in 1984. He joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1988. Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics. Reach him at, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.

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For me, the walleye has a mystique I find difficult to explain. The appearance is definitely part of it. Walleyes are beautiful fish, and their color varies depending on where you catch them.
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They call it the Minnesota “fishing opener,” but everyone knows the day is really about the walleye.
Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake also were ice-free Tuesday, according to satellite imagery and DNR reports.
"We should have most of the bait shops in good shape by the opener," wholesaler says.
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Lake of the Woods, Upper Red, Cass, Leech and Winnie all had ice early this week.
There we were, standing on the shore of Lake of the Woods on the opening day of fishing season. And we had it all to ourselves.
Spring 2022 might just be a candidate for Worst Spring Ever – in recent history, at least.
Test-netting surveys last fall revealed a robust walleye population on Upper Red.
The Red Lake Nation remains opposed to bear hunting but agreed to the new permit area proposal
Established in 2019, the Lake Agassiz High School Fishing League is on track to have nearly 200 students from nine different schools participating during the 2022 season.