Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Apr 24, 2018 07:35AM ● Published by Editor
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) spoke at a firearms safety class, followed up on a wildland arson case, checked snowmobilers and dealt with someone burning prohibited materials.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended the Cook County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force meeting and helped teach ATV safety to students in Grand Marais. Manning checked anglers on Lake Superior tributaries and spoke with anglers at one river about respectful use of private property on shorelines. The officer also followed up on a raccoon trapping complaint and patrolled area forest roads.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) started to see some shore fishing activity with the nicer weather. Ice, while weakening fast, is still tight to the shore on most inland lakes. ATVs are starting to come out of the storage sheds, so remember that registrations may have expired last December.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) handled wildlife calls and continued work with ongoing cases. Anglers were checked trying their luck for steelhead off the shore of Lake Superior.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity on Lake Superior during the week. Fishing seemed a bit slow in most areas but anglers were happy just out enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Murray also answered stream trout regulation questions and took a complaint of working in a wetland.
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling activity slowed in the Ely area and most anglers reported very low success. Ice conditions vary greatly across each lake and reports of vehicles and people falling through the ice came in all week. Violations included angling without a license in possession and angling without a license.
CO Marty Stage (Ely #2) reports the warm weather has begun to melt in earnest shorelines and river ice. Some places are opening up where people were riding just days before. By now we are normally pretty close to the end of or, at least well into the walleye spawn, but there still is quite a bit of ice on the lakes. Be extremely careful now if you venture out onto the late ice for crappies.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports a busy weekend with the warm weather bringing lots of folks out crappie fishing and riding ATVs and snowmobiles. Numerous vehicles went through the plowed ice roads on local lakes. Most could be recovered but another is resting in 20 feet of water. Ice has deteriorated rapidly, bringing a quick end to truck traffic. Enforcement action included expired ATV and OHM registrations, no safety certificates, loud exhaust on a snowmobile, and no license in possession.