Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Jul 21, 2020 01:19PM
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports fishing success picked up over the past week with many anglers reporting excellent walleye success. Gusty winds and rough conditions didn?t slow down anglers and boaters over the weekend. Several water emergencies occurred involving smaller motorboats and canoes capsizing in the dangerous conditions. Violations included insufficient PFDs on a watercraft and angling with no license in possession.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and boaters this past week. Fishing has been slow and the weather has contributed to several canoes and a boat capsizing at different times. People are reminded to wear their PFDs while on the water.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent the week at the CO Academy as an instructor for small-game and big-game enforcement laws and tactics. He also evaluated scenarios.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity. Schottenbauer finished a litter complaint and assisted Lake County Sheriff?s Office deputies at an ATV crash.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports focusing his efforts again on AIS during the week. Multiple plug violations were dealt with, and Hill noticed a trend of, ?I must have forgot to remove the plug.? One boat was full of water. Take the time to do an AIS check before leaving the lake. Hill also spent time paddling in the BWCA. Hill received reports of damaged trees and garbage, which he relayed to the U.S. Forest Service. Hill spoke with a parent about allowing their 15-year-old son to drive an ATV to work without a driver?s license.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and invasive species enforcement efforts this past week. Fishing remained good on Lake Superior with most anglers checked having fish. Water recreation activity was high with higher-than-average temperatures in the area. Anglers and boaters alike are reminded to have PFDs and other required safety equipment in good working order before heading out on the water.