DNR report: Jan. 21
Reports filed Sunday by conservation officers for the Minnesota DNR.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) worked the winter trout opener in the Cook County area with several other officers. Deep snow, slush, and cold did not deter anglers from coming out. Violations found over the weekend included no trout stamp validation, angling license not in possession, angle with extra lines, and unattended lines.
John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers this past week. Slush conditions on the lakes were bad. Trout fishing was slow. Enforcement action was taken for live minnows on a designated trout lake, extra lines, unregistered snowmobiles, snowmobile speed and failing to display name and address on fish houses. He also took several calls on the new cisco restrictions.
Marty Stage (Ely) checked snowmobile and trout anglers. The slush conditions were OK in some spots and terrible in others. Some were doing well. The cold weather and slush didn't seem to keep people from getting out. One of the snowmobile dealers who keeps track of snow depths said we have had five feet of snowfall so far.
Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked trout anglers. Ice conditions are excellent with slush a little spotty but not too bad. Some anglers were greeted with deadfalls from high winds and heavy snows since last fall. A saw on the remote trails is a good idea.
Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area lakes and snowmobile trails. Worked a busy trout opener and saw good compliance. Most anglers were aware of the regulations regarding preserved ciscoes. Checked snowmobilers on trails. Assisted a lost snowmobiler. Checked state parks and lands and answered calls about camping along the shore.
Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the trout opener on area lakes from Finland area up to the end of the Gunflint Trail. Saw a lot of nice trout in the bag. Extra lines, live minnows, and no ID on shelters were all common violations.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked snowmobile and winter fishing enforcement around the Duluth area. Contacts were also made with several people fishing Lake Superior. Worked the winter inland trout fishing opener around the Grand Marais area. Many species of trout were seen, including lake trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and splake.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) said reports of dogs chasing deer are on the rise. Because of the ice covered snow this year, dogs can easily run on top, putting deer at higher risk of mortality due to pets chasing them. Just allowing your dog to chase a deer is a violation of state law. The area pan fish bite is still going strong. Fishing without a license, angling with an extra line, and no display on a shelter are a few of the violations encountered.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott checked anglers on area lakes with Hanzal. Many anglers were out and enjoying the nice weather.