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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Apr 16, 2018 06:18PM ● By Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - District 6 - Monday, April 16, 2018

District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2018-04-16

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked lakes along the border. He dealt with equipment breakdowns and checked snowmobilers.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area lakes and rivers and checked border-lake walleye anglers. Manning also patrolled forest roads, where snow was quickly disappearing. Storms over the weekend brought winter back to the Northwoods for a few more days, although not as much snow fell in the Arrowhead as other parts of the state. Enforcement action was taken when the officer witnessed a car nearly sideswipe the median barrier and another car. The distracted driver was cited for careless operation.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) reports there wasn?t much activity in the area. He also worked on Academy lesson plans.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) check anglers along the border and focused on ATV enforcement. Time was also spent working on issued equipment. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) answered questions from out of state anglers wishing to fish North Shore trout streams on the opener. The anglers were shocked to hear that area streams were frozen solid. Murray also checked spring beaver trappers and issued deer possession permits for vehicle killed deer.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked late-season crappie anglers, primarily in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Overall activity is low. Bermel also spent time on commercial activity. Enforcement action taken for fishing without a license and a traffic violation.

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling pressure in the area is slow but steady. Angler success has improved and so has the quality of fish seen. Williams also assisted officers on the Rainy River for the busy catch-and-release sturgeon season. Violations included DWI, angling without a license, and transporting fish without a skin patch.

CO Marty Stage (Ely #2) worked on getting winter equipment ready for storage and getting ready for spring activity. There is still a lot of snow in the woods, but river ice is deteriorating in many locations. Please be careful.

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