Weekly Conservation Officer ReportsJul 03, 2020 07:12AM ● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports angling activity stayed steady through the week but over the hot weekend most of the water accesses in the area were beyond capacity. Angling success was fair to good early in the week but again tapered off with the heat. Violations included no fishing license in possession, operating an ATV with expired registration, and failure to display current watercraft registration.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers this past week. He also checked boaters and canoers in the BWCAW. Velsvaag also responded to several nuisance-bear complaints and took questions on slot-limit pike regulations on Ely-area lakes.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent the week checking anglers on Lake Superior and inland lakes. The lake trout were cooperating for anglers on Superior. He worked AIS and handled several nuisance-bear complaints. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a couple more reports of nuisance bears at campsites and cabins. The DNR and Bearwise.org both have information that is helpful to folks living in black bear-frequented areas. Manning also answered questions on ATV use, attended a meeting regarding payable fines, continued to assist with a land-use issue and worked a call regarding illegal angling.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled lakes inside and out of the BWCAW. A complaint of people camping in the day-use area from Lake Vermilion State Park staff was handled. Enforcement action included fishing without a license, no PFDs, expired watercraft registration, litter, cans and glass in the BWCA, and camping in a state park day use area.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and ATV activity this week. Time was spent working on some training issues as well as various animal-related complaints.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports spending most of the week in the BWCA. Multiple canoes and campsites were checked, and the fishing wasn?t the best. A few anglers reported hooking into only a couple of pike and lake trout. Hill was happy to see that every person paddling on the lakes had an approved personal floatation device and every canoe was property registered. Windy conditions on Friday kept a lot of people stuck on camp. One camper was spoken to about possessing glass. Hill also attended emergency vehicle operations training at Camp Ripley.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and fishing activity this week. Lake Superior had lots of angling activity with lake trout and even a few salmon being caught. Murray assisted Lake County Sheriff?s Office with the extraction of an injured hiker.