DNR Report: Jan. 31
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that the annual snowmobile Fun Run took place in Ely in spite of the subzero temperatures and extreme wind. The trails saw the bulk of the traffic, with most riders trying to avoid the open wind-swept lakes. The designated trout lakes were busy again with most anglers having some luck, although most reports were not as good as opening weekend. Violations included failure to display snowmobile registration, snowmobile speed, and angling without a license in possession.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked trout fishermen and snowmobiles and found less activity than expected, even on the warm day. Time was spent with snowmobile repair work and some follow-up reports and investigative work. The snow is deep and the slush is getting worse in a lot of places, so the public is advised to be careful.
Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked trout anglers during the week. Some diehards were out in the high winds and frigid wind chills and looked more like arctic explorers than ice fishermen. Many people from Ontario are coming down to enjoy our snowmobile trails, as our trail stickers are much less expensive than what they have to pay up there. Many of them have been very complimentary of the trail systems in Minnesota.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and ice fishing shelters on area lakes and patrolled snowmobile trails and forest roads. Cold temperatures and high winds have kept folks out of the woods. The officer also assisted with security for the Polymet meeting in Aurora.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports that 22 youths were certified in snowmobile safety in Babbitt. Thanks to all of the instructors for the successful class. Time was spent on casework and on angling and snowmobile enforcement. A security detail was worked in Aurora for the Polymet mine project public forum. Enforcement action included failure to display license tag on fish house, canned beverage containers in the BWCA, and failure to stop at a road crossing.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on area lakes and also in the Silver Bay station. The bite slowed as the cold snap hit. Wahlstrom, along with Officer Miller, assisted the Lake County Search and Rescue and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with a snowmobile accident near the Lake/ Cook county line.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Marine Unit) assisted the Duluth Police Department with a missing six-year old in the Lakeside neighborhood. The officer also attended the 61st annual United Northern Sportsman ice fishing contest on Island Lake. The cold temps and high winds made for a long day on the ice.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and checked a late-night shooting complaint. A detail was worked in the northwest region and assistance was given to local agencies with response to a snowmobile crash and an injured deer. An intoxicated male with no driver’s license was found with his four-door car stuck after driving off the edge of a snowmobile trail. Enforcement action was taken for driving a motor vehicle on a snowmobile trail. The driver was turned over to the local police department. Other enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) spent the week checking snowmobile activity. He also spent some time getting paperwork completed and on equipment maintenance.