DNR Report: April 25
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that there has been an increase in outdoor activity with the warmer weather later this week. ATVs have started to surpass snowmobiles as the preferred method of travel on lakes and trails, although many lakes are beginning to get hazardous near landings because the melting snow and ice. Violations included littering, angling without a license, and failing to remove traps.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen and spent time training at Camp Ripley. He observed that many new birds are returning to the area after the long winter. The snow is finally starting to disappear and the deer are finding food in places where the snow has gone away.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) attended yearly in-service training in Camp Ripley during the week.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) helped volunteer instructors with hunter education class; folks interested in helping with classes are always welcome to contact the officer. Manning attended division training on trapping and first aid at Camp Ripley. She also helped instruct arrest and control techniques and firearms skills during annual spring in-service.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a strong crappie bite and investigating possible over- limits. A litter investigation was worked with Conservation Officer Williams. A fish house that was left out on Lake Vermilion well past the deadline was seized with further enforcement action to the owner. ATV activity and closed trails were also monitored. Enforcement action included over- limit of crappies, littering, failure to display snowmobile registration and no fishing license in possession.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week at Camp Ripley during the first week of in-service instructing use- of- force and firearms tactics and skills. The officer checked anglers along the North Shore and responded to a TIP complaint in the Silver Bay area.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and fishing activity during the week, along with a complaint of illegal dumping of fish remains. Several calls of injured deer were handled and annual division enforcement training was completed at Camp Ripley.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time at in-service training at Camp Ripley. The warmer weather is slowly melting off the snow pack. The North Shore rivers are running pretty well, but the majority of anglers are shore fishing. Work was spent finalizing a class outline for upcoming training with the U.S. Border Patrol.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Unit) checked anglers and ATV riders. A few diehard snowmobilers were still seen on the North Shore State Trail, though grassy sections are starting to become more common. In-service training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) spent most of the week checking anglers along Lake Superior. Shore anglers were fishing where pack ice has not drifted in, some were trying the rivers and others still were ice fishing at McQuade. Anglers are seeing some fish, but not many in rivers yet and so far there has been no smelt activity. The officer also checked for crappie anglers on inland lakes, as well as beaver trappers. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.