Weekly Conservation Officer ReportsMay 29, 2018 03:53PM ● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports that Memorial Day weekend was notably less busy on many area lakes. Although a good number of visitors were contacted, heat and very low angling success contributed to lower-than-normal numbers of people hitting the lakes and trails. Violations included angling with an extra line, transporting walleyes with no skin patch, and angling without a license in possession.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) assisted with a couple of firearms safety field days. He did a work detail with Officer Murray and took his first nuisance bear call of the year. It?s time to bring in the bear/bird feeders.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Cook County with an abandoned vehicles complaint on a wildlife management area and followed up on illegal camping complaints. The officer checked anglers and boaters over the extended weekend. Boat owners and operators are advised to consult Minnesota boating laws before heading out. ?How long has that been a law?? was a common question Manning received during safety equipment checks.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy Memorial Day weekend, conducted a BWCA canoe patrol, and spent time on various complaints over the past week. Many violations were encountered. Enforcement action included fishing without a license, fishing with an extra line, illegal length northern pike, no PFDs, expired watercraft registration, no navigational lights, cans in the BWCA, and ATV violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked a busy holiday weekend. Many folks were out fishing and boating. ATV trails were worked this week as well. Schottenbauer taught license and registration checks at the Academy this week, too.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a sunny holiday weekend with the Grand Marais officer up the Gunflint Trail. Fishing success was on the slow side but the weather was so nice not many people were complaining. Conditions are still very dry, increasing fire danger along the North Shore. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes and licensing violations.