DNR Report: July 18
Conservation officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that fishing continues to be spotty, with most anglers reporting small walleyes and an abundance of northern pike. Williams assisted in an investigation with Lake County and the U.S. Forest Service after receiving a report from a solo kayaker that half of his equipment was stolen from his campsite in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Violations included operating an ATV on a roadway without a driver’s license, angling without a license in possession and theft.
Conservation officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked in Duluth and Grand Marais checking boats and fishermen on Lake Superior. The cool and rainy weather seemed to have kept activity down throughout the week and fishing was reportedly slow for those that were fishing. Non-residents with unregistered canoes and kayaks were encountered and those folks from other states should research the laws in the states or provinces that they visit since they might be different than their home state’s requirements.
Conservation officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that the sand flies, gnats, black flies and mosquitoes are now all competing for airspace as the masses of black flies showed up a little later than normal. The bugs aren’t bad at all once you get out onto the water bodies. The surface temperature of Lake Superior is in the upper 30s to lower 40s, depending on where you’re at. Because of the cold water temps, salmon fishing has gotten off to a slow start, but the lake trout are cooperating with those that know what they are doing as far as fishing deep. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered kayaks, PFD violations and no fishing license in possession. The problem bears are on the move as calls are becoming more frequent about people leaving stuff out for them to eat then complaining when the bears show up to eat what they left out.
Conservation officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports working a special Lake Superior detail over the weekend in Grand Marais. Time was also spent on angling, boating and ATV enforcement, attending a review of the recent Basswood Lake rescue, and handling animal complaints. Enforcement action for the week included unregistered kayaks, no fishing license in possession and ATV violations.
Conservation officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on area lakes, worked aquatic invasive species and monitored ATV activity. Some nice walleyes were seen in the bag. Wahlstrom taught firearm maintenance to the academy at Camp Ripley.
Conservation officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) checked fishermen and worked aquatic invasive species enforcement efforts over the weekend. Fishing remained good on inland lakes again, if you could handle the swarm of bugs. Murray also tended to nuisance wolf complaints in the Silver Bay station and assisted with a big game investigation relating to registration violations.
Silver Bay - vacant.Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) worked an aquatic invasive species checkpoint with fellow District 8 officers. Charter captain’s dock was checked during the week. Boat maintenance items were worked on at the U.S. Coast Guard station. He assisted the St. Louis Sheriff’s Office with traffic stops and a burglary alarm in the townships. He checked anglers and worked aquatic invasive species at area boat landings.
Conservation officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked big water anglers and worked a district aquatic invasive species check station. A group launching small paper-and-bamboo balloons out over Lake Superior was asked what their plan was to retrieve the balloons. When they said they were not going to, they were reminded that litter is litter, whether it is dropped out of a moving vehicle or launched for fun over the lake. Assistance was given to local agencies with calls, and watercraft maintenance issues handled. Enforcement action was taken for angling, ATVs, aquatic invasive species, litter and boating violations.
Conservation officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) testified on a court case during the week and attending a meeting at Camp Ripley. He worked ATV, fishing, angling, boating, commercial, and aquatic invasive species enforcement during the week. Enforcement action was taken for aquatic invasive species, angling and boating violations.