Skip to main content

Boreal Community Media

Weekly DNR Conservation Officer Reports

Mar 23, 2020 01:23PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - March 23, 2020

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) spent the past weekend in the BWCA focusing on trout-fishing activity. Angling success was good and many lakes were busy. Violations included angling without a license, taking trout without a trout stamp, and a trout overlimit.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked trout anglers this past week, and saw few fish. He also checked a few people after panfish. Those anglers caught a few fish. Velsvaag also worked up the Gunflint Trail checking anglers and a few snowmobile riders over the weekend.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the BWCAW checking anglers. He worked snowmobile trails and remote trout lakes. Enforcement action was taken for angling, fish shelter and snowmobile violations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) and CO Hill investigated the report of a recently killed and dumped black bear near a local hiking trail. While the caller was certain it was a bear, it turned out to be the remains of a salvaged, road-killed deer. Manning followed up on a couple of bear-hunting issues and ice shelter concerns. She assisted Cook County with a caller of a couple snowmobilers riding on the groomed ski trail, right past several "no snowmobile" signs. Manning also contacted a pair of anglers who had made their way across the ice on the harbor by canoe. While they had plenty of tackle and a six-pack of beer, they were unconcerned about not wearing or even having life jackets in the boat.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling enforcement. Trail conditions were excellent late in the week, but traffic was fairly light. He didn?t note much of a fish bite.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and very busy snowmobile activity. Many people took to the trails this past week. Schottenbauer also assisted the Lake County Sheriff?s Office with a few calls on state park property.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) patrolled in the BWCAW during the past week. The wilderness was full of people skiing, hiking, and fishing. A hot bite was seen on an area lake, with a large group of anglers taking home a limit of lake trout. Unfortunately, some of the anglers were short either a fishing license or a trout stamp, so the number of fish the group got to take home ended up being fewer than they originally thought. A few more license violations were also encountered. Remember, anglers are required to have an angling license and a trout stamp if targeting and keeping trout. Hill received a call of a dead black bear that was dumped in the parking lot of a local hiking trail. Hill and CO Manning located the animal and it turned out to be a very small road-killed fawn.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) issued vehicle-hit-deer possession permits and monitored fishing activity on inland lakes. Open-water anglers were out in high numbers on Lake Superior this past week. Many questions were answered in regards to Lake Superior stream-fishing regulations. A report of a deer being caught in a fence was taken. Murray successfully releases the deer.
Upcoming Events Near You
Boreal Ship Spotter - larger view here