Weekly Conservation Officer ReportsMar 11, 2019 02:31PM ● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) worked with area officers focusing on snowmobile enforcement west of Ely. Snowmobile activity was slow at the beginning of the week but picked up with the warming weather over the weekend. Anglers who still have their shelters on lakes are reminded that the deadline for removal is approaching fast and weather conditions later in the week may make it difficult to get them removed.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Trail conditions are very good but fishing was very slow. Velsvaag received several calls from fishing regulations to litter.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked snowmobiles and anglers throughout the week.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked snowmobile riders on area trails and lakes. Fishing reports have been mixed, as have slush reports. Local search and rescue squads have been getting a workout this winter. Riders and anglers are encouraged to carry a good map and at least one form of GPS or ride tracker when traveling in areas unfamiliar to them.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports working snowmobile and angling enforcement throughout the week. Trail conditions remain very good. All anglers encountered remembered to buy their new fishing licenses, and anglers had some success with both trout and crappies over the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed, failure to display current registration, and failure to obey trail signs. A ride-along was provided to an intern candidate.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on remote trout lakes. Deep snow and slush have continued to limit travel for some anglers. He taught a snowmobile safety field day with neighboring officers and volunteer instructors.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and angling activity during the week. Lake Superior anglers are still enjoying good ice conditions on the North Shore and taking advantage of the rare winter angling opportunity. Area trails are still in great shape with plenty of fresh snow. Anglers are reminded of the March 18 shelter removal deadline.