Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Jun 26, 2018 09:12AM ● Published by Editor
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing activity and handled calls about nuisance wildlife during the week. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and nonpayment at a state forest campground. Fishing success picked up a bit in the area with some nice fish being caught on Lake Superior.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled BWCA lakes checking boaters and anglers. She assisted Cook County with the removal of two people from a residence and subsequent warrant arrests. Manning also patrolled forest roads checking ATV operators and took calls on OHM operation and nuisance bears.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area lakes for boating activity. Schottenbauer also assisted with area protection around the DECC near Duluth Harbor. He attended water survival training at Camp Ripley with the cadets.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a canoe patrol into the Boundary Waters, checked border lakes and did a work detail in the Duluth Harbor.CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly angling and boating inside and outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A decent fish bite was observed over the weekend. Several folks were cited for fishing without licenses. Other enforcement action was taken for expired watercraft registration and no PFDs, including one individual out on a nine-day solo BWCA kayak trip. He had no flotation device and already had capsized once.
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling activity was high over the week and peaked during the weekend in spite of surprise thunderstorms and much cooler weather. Angler success was mixed, with smallmouth bass and northern pike reports being very good and only a few walleyes being seen all week. Violations included angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, and expired watercraft registration.