Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Feb 19, 2019 05:20PM
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked snowmobilers and trout anglers this past week. He also took several calls from people with complaints about the new pike regulations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily snowmobile enforcement. He also checked a few anglers, attended training, and conducted equipment maintenance. A very high number of snowmobiles were out enjoying the excellent conditions and weather over President?s Day weekend. A few comments were heard such as, ?It seems like every snowmobile in Minnesota is out.? Numerous speed citations were issued, with several in the 80s. Several expired registrations were also addressed with citations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling activity this past week. Fishing in the area is poor at best with deep snow and slush in the area. Schottenbauer also spent the week and weekend enforcing snowmobile rules. Many snowmobilers were encountered stuck as they tried to leave groomed trails. Most came away from their troubles with only hurt pride. Follow up and conclusion of some trapping complaints was handled as well.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking angling and snowmobile activity. Fishing remains slow while the trails are very busy with sleds. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile enforcement this past week. Trails remain in good condition and anglers are enjoying some rare ice fishing opportunities on Lake Superior. Murray also attended a training session in Grand Rapids.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) participated in a work detail over the busy holiday weekend. The detail concentrated on angling and snowmobile activity.