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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Feb 22, 2021 03:17PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - February 22, 2021

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) focused on snowmobile enforcement over the past week after a change in weather saw subzero highs give way to a weekend that included mixed rain and snow. Snowmobile activity was much higher than previous weeks and overall speed and registration compliance was very good. Violations included expired snowmobile registration, failure to transfer snowmobile registration, and excessive snowmobile speed.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Trail conditions held up pretty good with all of the snowmobile traffic. Velsvaag observed litter on the ice in several locations from anglers and received complaints about speeding snowmobilers.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) patrolled area lakes and snowmobile trails. Activity has increased with the warmer weather. He also attended training.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and fish houses on inland lakes. Snowmobile trails were very busy and the combination of many riders and the low snowfall this season have made for less-than-ideal conditions. Riders are urged to slow down and remember to stay on their side of the trail. Also a reminder that angling licenses will expire soon, so be sure to get your new one.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports a busy weekend of snowmobile enforcement. Trout and crappie anglers were also checked. They were having limited success. Enforcement action included extra lines on a trout lake, live minnows on a trout lake, no trout stamp, snowmobile speed, loud exhaust, careless operation, and snowmobile registration. Numerous local youth riders were certified in snowmobile safety in Babbitt.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this past week. Time was also spent checking snowmobiles on area trails and attending training.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports an extremely busy week in the district during the past week and especially during the weekend. Hundreds of sleds hit the trail as the weather couldn't have been better, especially with a midweek snowfall that gave the trails some extra insurance. Registration violations and muffler violations were documented. Angling activity in the station was very slow as people focused their efforts on snowmobile riding.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile activity during the past week. Many anglers traveled to the North Shore to fish trout and salmon on rare Lake Superior ice. The big lake doesn't freeze every year and it is a much-anticipated opportunity but requires vigilance towards ice safety. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.