Weekly Conservation Officer ReportsMay 28, 2019 01:17PM ● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the weekend and holiday patrolling areas of the BWCA focusing on water safety. Activity was high and fishing success was overall good. Violations included angling without a license in possession and failure to display current watercraft registration.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and boaters this past week. He also attended training and took several questions about nuisance bears and beavers. Velsvaag reminds people to take down bird feeders and keep any other bear attractants away.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers, boat and water safety equipment, and BWCAW accesses during the week. A burning pile of tires and burning without a permit was also dealt with.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked state forest and park campgrounds and boat accesses. Fishing success was mixed and angler and boater compliance were good. One pair of boaters realized they had forgotten their life jackets and made the 75-mile round trip to purchase new ones in town just before an equipment check at the access. Manning spoke with WTIP Radio about boating safety and the importance of proper preparation before boating. She also checked burning permits and minnow retailers and attended a district meeting. Manning wrapped up the holiday by cleaning up after the irresponsible parent of a toddler who tossed out dirty diapers and soiled paper towels and newspapers in a public parking area.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a detail on Upper Red Lake with CO Lawler. Fishing was slow and weather conditions made for tough fishing. Time was spent on cases involving illegal shoreline impact. Enforcement action included fishing without licenses, watercraft registration violations, and boating safety violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area anglers and boating activity this past week. Time was also spent working AIS and beaver complaints.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior, inland lakes and in the BWCA. Fishing remained slow on most lakes. He gave a presentation to the firearms safety class at the Cook County Middle School. Commercial minnow enforcement was also focused on. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling, boating, and ATV activity over the holiday weekend. Weather conditions started out sunny and warm before turning windy and cold by Monday. Fishing was slow, according to most anglers checked. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and illegal ATV operation violations.