DNR Report: August 9
Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked anglers and boaters in and outside of the BWCA. A wetland case was worked with a Resource Protection Notice issued to the landowner. Early bear baiting complaints are starting to come in. Enforcement action was taken for no state trout stamp, no Type IV personal floatation device, no fishing license in possession, and operate ATV without safety certificate.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports increased angling activity over the weekend with mild and sunny weather. Although most reports were of northern pike being caught, there were a few nice walleyes caught on area lakes. Violations included fishing without a license and operating an unregistered watercraft.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and fishing activity during the week. The recent cooler weather seemed to improve fishing and certainly slowed the mosquito and black flies down. Murray also responded to an emergency call at Gooseberry Falls State Park where a girl fell several feet onto the rocks and had to be evacuated from the area by stretcher.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on Lake Superior with the Marine Unit during the fisherman's picnic in Grand Marais. Some nice lakers and salmon were caught. The officer worked inland lakes where the walleye bite is slowing down. A few walleyes are still being caught later in the night. Wahlstrom assisted in the search of a missing person up the Gunflint Trail. Multiple agencies from four counties helped in the search.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE MN) investigated a public waters complaint in which a gravel pit operation was piling gravel, sand and rock near a creek. The creek was being adversely affected by sediment run-off every time it rained. Officer Scott staffed an aquatic invasive species booth with Minnesota Sea Grant at the Grand Marais Fisherman's Picnic. Information about aquatic invasive species issues and concerns were discussed with the public. A discussion was had with a local newspaper about doing an aquatic invasive species article.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior from Duluth to the Grand Marais area. The salmon catch has been steady up the North Shore. Silver Bay to Grand Marais has been busy with boaters pursuing the salmon. Olson assisted Duluth Police Department with calls in the downtown area.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) finished with some extra patrol as the tall ships left the area. He checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior. He responded, with an 1854 Treaty enforcement warden, to a water emergency at the Temperance River, but was cancelled en route. He did some angling and boating patrol in the Grand Marais area for Fisherman's Picnic weekend. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating, and driving violations.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Nice weather and cooperative salmon brought lots of boats to the Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais. An active shooter response class was attended with other local agencies. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.