Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Aug 12, 2019 04:26PM
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling and boating activity was high over the week and many anglers reported good success for walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. Several trout anglers reported little or no success, however. Violations included angling without a license in possession, failure to display current registration, and no lifesaving device on a watercraft.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended training, worked several TIP calls, and checked anglers. An early bear-bait complaint revealed a fish-carcass dump site. After surveillance of the site, the individual responsible was identified. A search warrant was executed at their residence, resulting in a gross overlimit of walleyes in possession. Charges are pending.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV trails and anglers this past week. He also assisted with a boat and water detail in the Duluth Harbor
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking ATV riders and anglers on remote trout lakes. He responded to a harassment call involving firearms in the BWCAW. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating safety enforcement efforts and escort duties at the tall ships gathering in Duluth. Fishing remained good on Lake Superior with salmon being caught along with some large lake trout. Nuisance-bear complaints continue to come in. Removing the food source is still the best advice for dealing with nuisance-bear activity.
Grand Marais #1 – vacant.