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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Apr 30, 2018 07:14PM ● By Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - District 6 - Two Harbors area - April 30, 2018

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) got called out to a wildland fire in West Duluth, attended firearms training and checked remote areas. Lakes are still frozen tight to shore.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Border Patrol with a detail off the Gunflint Trail. She completed and assisted with annual spring training and firearms qualifications at Camp Ripley and in Hibbing. Manning also checked anglers along Lake Superior and its tributaries and checked state park day-use areas.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended firearms training and worked ATV enforcement, as well as storing and readying seasonal equipment. A few more ducks arriving in the area were noted, but there are very few grouse out. As a reminder to anglers, the new pike zones don?t affect lakes with current special regulations (Birch and Basswood, for example). Enforcement action taken for litter.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) found a touch of spring this week as river activity finally started to get on its way on Superior tributaries. ATV activity has started to pick up in the area as well. Officer training was attended in Hibbing this week.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and ATV riders and assisted the county. The officer instructed during the firearms qualifications in Hibbing and testified in court. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked stream trout angling activity along the North Shore. Streams are finally ice-free and a few fish are showing up. Murray attended division training during the week and prepared watercraft for the upcoming season. Enforcement action was taken for burning violations.

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling activity in the Ely area has nearly completely stopped as many small lakes have begun to become very dangerous. Sucker spearing activity for the first time on the opener was non-existent and many of the popular spots have just recently become open. ATV activity was high over the weekend and most groups reported fair trail conditions.

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