Weekly DNR Conservation Officer ReportsJun 23, 2020 05:23AM ● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling pressure in the Ely area slowed slightly over the past week as success continues to be low. Recreational boating traffic, on the other hand, was extremely high during the several hot days experienced. Violations included litter, angling with no license in possession, and failure to display current ATV registration.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and boaters this past week. Angling continues to be slow. Velsvaag followed up on several nuisance-animal calls and had multiple questions on ATV regulations and length limits for northern pike.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted U.S. Forest Service wilderness staff with a report of ATV damage to a forest trail and possible motor use in the BWCAW. No motor was located but trail damage was verified. The trail is now temporarily closed and users were notified. Anglers and boaters were checked, as were ATV operators. Some parents continue to treat ATVs as toys by allowing illegal operation by their children and risking the kids? lives. Manning is also looking for information on the person or people who unlawfully removed the dock from Tom Lake, presumably to keep people off ?their lake.?
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent time working anglers and received several nuisance-bear calls during the week. Enforcement action included fishing without a license, transporting fish without a patch of skin, no navigational lights after sunset, expired boat registration, under age 21 alcohol consumption, operating an ATV in a state park, and dogs chasing deer.