DNR Report: August 23
Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked early bear baiting and fishing activity over the weekend along with handling nuisance animal complaints in the Silver Bay station. Fishing success remained good with most anglers having at least some luck.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, bear baiters, and patrolled ATV trails. The officer instructed students on the shooting range during the Silver Bay fire arm safety field day. Bear baiters were out finding their spots and complaints are already coming in.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports bear baiting season is in full swing and many hunters have taken advantage of the good weather. Also, with the warm weather, there has been a jump in ATV activity in and around the Ely area. Violations include operating an ATV with a passenger under 18 without a helmet, fishing without a license and operating an ATV in a prohibited area.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of fishing and ATV enforcement. He followed up on a litter complaint with enforcement action taken. Many citations were issued during
the week for fishing without a license. The occupants of one boat were issued eight citations, four of which were for fishing without a license. Many ATV and off-highway motorcycle violations were detected and addressed throughout the week. Other violations included no trout stamp, no life jackets, under 21 possession of alcohol, no navigational lights after sunset, unregistered watercraft, and no fishing license in possession.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) issued a permit for beaver trapping, and was in contact with Forest Service officers regarding problem bear in the BWCAW. Manning attended active shooter training with officers from U.S. Border Patrol, Lake County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The officer also checked area Scientific and Nature Areas and found one instance of someone driving a motor vehicle around a closed forestry gate for access.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers on Lake Superior, took enforcement action for extra lines and people failing to display registration on kayaks. A reminder: Not educating yourself on the rules is not a valid excuse for breaking game and fishing laws. People without experience fishing on Lake Superior should reference page 85 of the synopsis for basic information on telling the difference between salmon and steelhead.
Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. He also worked with U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol crews on the boat for harbor and port security details. Calls on bear season and baiting fielded.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Salmon are still being caught with good frequency in the upper shore areas. Many steelhead are also around, so anglers need to make sure they are able to identify one from the other. Many questions were asked as to when the regulations may be changed to allow the keeping of steelhead. The Rainbow Trout Management Plan will be up for renewal in another year or two, so anglers need to watch for the opportunities to share their thoughts with fisheries managers. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating, public access, traffic, and ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior and inland lakes. The officer responded to a marine radio hail of a disabled boater on Lake Superior. The boat was located and towed to closest safe harbor. He also worked a joint boating safety patrol with Coast Guard, took a wolf call and another call of a road kill wolf pup. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.