Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Jun 17, 2020 04:40PM
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) focused on angling enforcement and boating safety checks over the past week. Fishing success was very limited and many groups reported no luck. Weather conditions also varied wildly but mostly cool weather made for mild activity levels on most lakes.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked boaters, ATV riders and anglers this past week. Fishing is hit or miss but some nice walleyes were seen in a couple of spots. Velsvaag took several questions on BWCAW regulations and fielded a few nuisance-animal calls.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled county and forest roads, checking ATV and OHM operators. She also checked state parks, campgrounds, and boat accesses. She followed up on complaints of stored boats and boats blocking boat ramps. Manning also assisted Cook County with traffic control at an accident scene involving a semi-truck.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) mainly checked anglers and OHV operators. Assistance was provided on a motorcycle vs. deer crash with serious injuries. Enforcement action included fishing without a license, extra lines, no navigational lights after sunset, cans in the BWCA, litter, small amount of marijuana, and expired ATV registration. Very high participation in all forms of outdoor activities continues to be noted.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports contacting anglers on Lake Superior during the week. It was a bit windy and a few salmon were seen in the bag. Hill took bear-related calls and completed departmental training.
CO Don Murray (Two harbors) worked boating and invasive species enforcement this past week. Fishing on Lake Superior was good when winds allowed anglers on the big lake. Campgrounds are again allowing camping opportunities.