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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

May 24, 2022 04:37PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the MN DNR - May 24, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports colder weather and wind dominated the week. Snow fell over the weekend but fortunately no accumulation was found. Angling success continued to be fair but the number of anglers found went down as the week continued. Violations included angling with no license in possession and burning without a permit.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) worked anglers and AIS enforcement on station lakes. Velsvaag also attended the funeral for retired CO Sid Lawrence.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked anglers on lakes along the U.S./Canada border. He spent time working seasonal fishing closures. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked shore anglers and steelhead anglers. Rain has eased, but many forest roads remained closed or badly damaged and travelers are urged to check with local forestry offices or officers before venturing on remote roads, and advised to heed the "road closed" signs. Manning also checked ATV operators and boaters, took a complaint of trespass and handled equipment-maintenance issues.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked anglers on station lakes, worked a minnow-trapping case, and conducted an extended BWCAW patrol with CO Larson focusing on trout lakes. Activity was high nearer entry points and was sparse farther in. Numerous anglers checked were having success with lake trout. Enforcement action was plentiful this week, with citations issued for angling without a license, possessing trout without a trout stamp, illegal-length northern pike, no name and address on minnow traps, failure to check minnow traps, insufficient PFDs, expired watercraft registration, cans and glass in the BWCAW, possession of marijuana, and litter.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports checking anglers and monitoring AIS activity throughout the week. Equipment maintenance was also completed.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating, angling, and ATV activity during the week. Water levels in the area remain high, making river fishing difficult on most streams. Spring closures are still on for many ATV trails and recent storms have washed out culverts, making some county roads and Forest Service roads impassable. Please be cautious when traveling remote roadways and trails at this time.

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