Weekly Conservation Officer's report - June 19, 2017
Jun 20, 2017 08:18AM ● Published by Editor
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a couple of remote ATV patrols into designated trout lakes. The trout and the walleye fishing has really picked up with some nice fish being seen. Officer Fagerman also checked lake accesses and talked with folks about AIS issues.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) checked area anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and inland lakes. The officer also patrolled campgrounds and cleaned up trash left by irresponsible campers. CO Manning followed up on an ATV complaint and a report of possible birch sapling theft, which was found to be a local person hauling birch logs for firewood.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this week. High winds kept many from the lakes, but helped with the flies. Time was also spent working area ATV trail activity.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV activity during the week. With recent rains have come fresh hatches of biting mosquitos making fishing less enjoyable on the calm evenings. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no trout stamp, and failure to activate a burn permit.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports cool and rainy weather seems to have improved angler success over the week as many anglers have started to report a good walleye bite. Smallmouth bass and northern pike anglers however reported the opposite, and most checked had little luck over the week. Violations included angling without a license in possession, and no lifesaving device onboard a watercraft.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) assisted the SO with a call about someone in the BWCAW sending up flares to signal for an emergency after big winds swept the area. Officer Stage also assisted search and rescue on another BWCAW call for paddlers going through a rapids, capsizing, and losing their canoe, and also assisted the SO administer a search warrant.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling, boating, and ATV enforcement throughout the week. One evening while patrolling on Birch Lake activity levels were surprisingly low, but the violation rate was 100%. The mosquito annoyance level at dark was also very high. Violations encountered throughout the week included several instances of fishing without licenses, trout stamps, angling with extra lines, as well as no PFD in a boat.