Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Mar 09, 2020 01:42PM
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of snowmobile and angling enforcement. Assistance was provided with a snowmobile detail in the area of the Crane Lake snowmobile race. Enforcement action for the week included numerous snowmobile speeding citations, failure to transfer ownership, unregistered snowmobile, careless operation of a snowmobile, loud exhaust, overlimit of crappies, and wanton waste of a northern pike.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked anglers and snowmobilers during a work detail along the Gunflint Trail. He also worked a joint operation with Ontario conservation officers and the U.S. Forest Service. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) continued to focus on snowmobile enforcement. Traffic was high and trail conditions became very poor after several days above 50 degrees. Violations included excessive snowmobile speed, excessive snowmobile exhaust noise, and a juvenile ATV passenger without a helmet.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Fishing has been slow but trail conditions were great after the snow. Several vehicles were stuck trying to drive onto unplowed areas on lakes and ice conditions have deteriorated in some areas with the warm weather.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled snowmobile trails and area lakes. Warm weather took a toll on trail conditions, resulting in some bare spots, many moguls and difficult riding conditions in spots. Lake conditions are still decent and fishing success reports are varied.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent the past week checking snowmobile activity. Time was also spent working trout and border-water anglers this past week.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports taking the time to finalize a few fishing investigations from the week prior. Lakes in the BWCAW were monitored and traffic has been slow. A few last-minute snowmobilers were contacted enjoying the North Shore State Trail and they reported decent trail conditions. If you are kicking around the idea of one last snowmobile trip, remember that the warm weather in the forecast is limiting your time. Get out and enjoy the trails. Ski-pass compliance took a negative turn this past week as multiple skiers did not have their passes in possession and some didn?t have them at all.