Weekly Conservation Officer's report
Jan 02, 2018 01:22PM
● By Editor
Last updated: 2018-01-02
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that not many anglers braved the frigid conditions for the BWCA trout opener. CO Fagerman worked with CO Duncan and the U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer. Snowmobile registration and BWCA violations were encountered.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) worked a chilly BWCAW trout opener with CO Wahlstrom and CO Schottenbauer. The officers found hearty anglers who were having reasonable success. The officers also patrolled area lakes and snowmobile trails and found good compliance among the groups they checked. Trails had good snow cover, but conditions were a bit rough yet. CO Manning also took calls about road kill deer and snowmobile operation by non-resident youth.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobile activity this week. CO Schottenbauer worked the BWCAW trout opener during brutal cold conditions to find a few hearty souls out fishing.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the trout opener in the BWCAW with area officers. The temps were very cold and few trout were in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports a severely cold start to the BWCA trout opener. Very few anglers ventured out into the wilderness over the weekend with wind chill values colder than -40. Those who did go out had excellent luck on large rainbow trout. Violations included angling without a license in possession, fail to display current snowmobile registration, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling enforcement and also assisted Ely PD with an assault call. One individual was angling after revocation while using extra lines. Other enforcement action included unattended lines, extra lines, and expired ATV registration.