DNR Report: Feb. 4
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) observed free trade in nature during the week. One day he saw three moose crossing from Ontario to Minnesota. A short time later he observed a pack of wolf tracks heading to Ontario. Add three to the moose count. Winter activity is way down this year compared to other years. Some trout lakes were completely empty and the few anglers who ventured out had whole lakes to themselves, without even stepping foot in the BWCA. The snowmobile trails were quiet for the most part also. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, too far from lines, and extra line.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and fishing activity during the week. Fishing activity was slow but most trail conditions should be in great shape after this most recent snowfall. Out- of- state snowmobilers are reminded to purchase the required trail sticker in order to ride the trail systems. Murray also tended to truck and snowmobile maintenance items.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt / Ely) reported a busy snowmobiling week in the area. A motorist who was stuck on a remote, unplowed road was assisted in getting his vehicle out of the snow. Anglers were checked with a slow bite reported. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra line, no trout stamp, no fishing license in possession, no shelter tag, failing to display a state trail sticker, and failing to register a snowmobile.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile and fisherman enforcement. Snowmobilers are reminded to stay on their own side of the trail. If snowmobile operators are going too fast to make the turn while staying on their own side, they're going TOO FAST. Riding at a reasonable and prudent speed makes riding safer for everyone and the trails more enjoyable.
Conservation Officer Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reported that he checked snowmobilers and anglers throughout the week. He patrolled at Tettegouche State Park. Johnson conducted an aeration location inspection at the Silver Bay Marina. He is working on an investigation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored snowmobile and angling activity. The recent snowfall brought many snowmobilers out to ride the trails along the north shore. Calls were answered and he worked on investigations from the fall hunting season.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) took calls on sick owls and forgotten fishing licenses. The officer patrolled grants-in-aid snowmobile trails and checked anglers and fishing shelters on inland lakes. Fresh snowfall will mean lots of snowmobilers on the trails next weekend and riders are reminded to drive safely.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobilers in the Duluth area, worked trail crossings north of town, and checked anglers along the North Shore. Coho salmon have been caught out of Two Harbors.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and snowmobilers in Lake and St. Louis counties. Multiple violations of illegal snowmobile exhaust were encountered, with many of the operators stating that they altered their snowmobiles to make it louder. This illegal act has led to the loss of snowmobile trails in some areas. Attention to the snowmobile synopsis and lessons from Snowmobile Safety Class will help all riders enjoy their sport. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and ice fishing violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers, ATVs, snowmobiles, and off-road vehicles throughout the week. He continued to work on a commercial and big game investigation. Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana, ATV, off-road vehicle, and snowmobile violations.