Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Mar 26, 2019 09:31AM
● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) spent the week focusing on trout angling and snowmobile enforcement. Snowmobile activity hit its peak on Saturday as conditions were too poor for most riders after the second day above 50 degrees this past week. Trout angling was fair to good and several anglers inside the BWCA reported a very good bite. Violations included operating a snowmobile in a reckless manner, possession of aluminum beverage containers inside the BWCA and underage possession of alcohol.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers this past week. Fishing was slow and snowmobile trail conditions deteriorated. Velsvaag received questions about road-killed deer and litter left on the ice.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked a coordinated detail along the border with Ontario and Minnesota COs mostly concentrating on angling. He did radio interviews on bobcats and ice safety.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers on area inland lakes; snow is going fast and lake conditions are great for foot travel right now. Manning also checked snowmobilers who were happy to get a few last rides in for the season. Cross-country skiers were also checked and reported that trail conditions were less than ideal with rather treacherous conditions on the shaded downhills. One person reported that the warm weather brought a sudden melt and release of water and ice on the river next to her home. It brought up the river level several feet very quickly. Folks planning to do any spring river walking/hiking are urged to use caution and watch the weather.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) took a call and is investigating a poached wolf in Isabella. All fish houses were off station lakes by the deadline. Numerous crappie anglers were checked throughout the week with relatively low success, but lake trout anglers in the BWCA were having success. A possession tag was issued for a road-killed bobcat. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, unattended lines, litter, cans in the BWCA, and failure to display snowmobile registration.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked are angling activity this past week. He also coordinated a snowmobile work crew in the area. Trails are starting to break up and many riders were ready to call it a season.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked an angling and snowmobile detail up the Gunflint Trail over the weekend. Spring riding conditions were fair and recent trail grooming was enjoyed by all. Lake Superior ice has started to break up with recent winds and ice-breaking efforts ending the rare ice-angling event. Murray answered several car-injured deer calls and checked spring beaver trapping activity.