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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jan 21, 2023 05:26AM ● By Editor

District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2023-01-17

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports the slush conditions on many local lakes have improved. Although they continue to be rough, traveling has become easier. Trout angling activity was extremely high over the opening weekend. Success was only fair and most fish seen were of a smaller class than previous years. Violations included angling without a license in possession, angling with extra lines, and operating an unregistered ATV.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Much of the slush has frozen but larger lakes are rough for snowmobiling. Fishing success was average and ice thickness varied a lot on the same body of water on several lakes.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) worked with several officers checking anglers during the trout opener. Time was also spent patrolling snowmobile trails. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.

CO Hudson Ledeen (Grand Marais #2) reports opening weekend of the regular inland trout season saw mild success among most anglers. However, warm weather and light winds created ideal conditions to be out trying your hand a catching trout. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with an automatic hook-setting device and fishing with no license in possession.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week and weekend of angling and snowmobile enforcement. Trout opener saw high participation with the warm weather and great lake conditions. Violations were plentiful, including fishing with extra lines, unattended lines, fishing without licenses and trout stamps, litter, failure to transfer snowmobile ownership, expired snowmobile registration, and registration display violations.

CO Matt Miller (Silver Bay) worked anglers and snowmobilers on a busy inland trout opener weekend. Very warm weather had lots of anglers trying their luck. Success varied by lake, and some anglers found challenging access from downed brush and trees. Ice conditions were generally good. Extra lines and early fishing violations were found. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports a busy weekend of trout angling and snowmobile activity in Cook County. Hill worked with other officers on Saturday and Sunday, contacting large groups of anglers chasing lake and stream trout. Stream trout lakes saw the best success, with anglers chasing lake trout reporting tough conditions. Activity as a whole was largely down compared to previous years, much like the BWCA opener. A few snowmobile violations were handled. A trapping case was opened after Hill was notified of a pine marten trap left after the season. Hill?s work on a background investigation is nearing completion.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile activity during the week. Most area lakes still have areas of slush and hard-drifted snow. Snowmobile trails are in fair shape and are being groomed. Trespass and illegal aftermarket exhaust systems seem to be the areas generating the most violations. Please stay on posted trails.