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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports for Northeast Minnesota

Feb 10, 2024 06:27AM ● By Editor
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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - February 5, 2024

District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2024-02-05

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports snowmobile trail conditions have deteriorated to the point that snowmobile travel has become very difficult or impossible as large swaths are completely snowless. Angling activity was steady but very low success was found among most anglers checked. Violations included snowmobile speed, operating a snowmobile with a modified exhaust, and angling with no license in possession.

CO Brent Ihnen (Ely #2) patrolled his station checking fishing and ATV activity this week. Snowmobile activity was very limited.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling enforcement, with some recreational vehicle enforcement mixed in. The daily melting continues to lessen the snow pack, making it nearly impossible to run snowmobiles anywhere but lakes now. Enforcement action for the week included angling with extra lines, unattended lines, litter, expired ATV registration, modified mufflers on snowmobiles, and failure to obey a trail sign.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent the week checking anglers along the United States/Canada border. Despite the warm weather, few anglers were out. Time was also spent in the BWCAW. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, snowmobile, and Forest Service violations.

CO Hudson Ledeen (Grand Marais #2) reports that winter has almost come to a complete halt on the North Shore. However, the area lakes continue to hold what ice they have, and some anglers were taking advantage of the conditions. One angler was checked on Gunflint Lake this Saturday wearing jean shorts and crocs. Multiple angling violations were addressed throughout the week.

Silver Bay vacant.