DNR Report: June 8
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reminds people: if you are feeding the birds, you are feeding the bears. Secure your garbage, bird seed, and campsites. He reports that he is finding many anglers without even the most basic knowledge of angling laws. The DNR prints plenty of fishing regulation books each year, so please get one for your tackle box, your back pocket and your vehicle.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) utilized poor weather days to handle office paperwork and equipment issues. Manning checked campgrounds, anglers, and boaters. The officer took another report of groups camping and littering on MNDOT land along Lake Superior, handled a call regarding landowner liability issues, and spoke with state park staff regarding ongoing trespass issues.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked boat and water safety on inland lakes, ATV patrol and responded to complaints in the Silver Bay station. The officer met with the Forest Service incident commander regarding a fire that got out of control. The landowner was interviewed and citations were issued. Wahlstrom also worked on a trapping investigation.
Conservation Officer Don
Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and watercraft activity in the area during the week. Recent rainfall reduced the fire danger and finally allowed for green up conditions. Several newly born fawn deer are now being seen, marking the arrival of summer.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) mainly worked angling, boating, and aquatic invasive species enforcement through the week. The fish continued to cooperate in some locations. Enforcement action was taken for possession of a slot northern and no fishing license in possession. A nuisance beaver permit was issued for the City of Babbitt.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he assisted state and county investigators at the site of a fatal fire at a secluded lake cabin on Memorial Day. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Williams spent the weekend patrolling the BWCA by canoe, and saw anglers having success with mostly northerns, small, and largemouth bass. Violations included angling without license in possession.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked ongoing turn-in-poachers cases for fish overbags and dealt with calls about hunter safety, road kills, bears, and aquatic invasive species questions. A reminder: check your boats for hanging weed debris and pull the plug. No water may be transported in a watercraft in order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
District 8 - Duluth area
Conservation Officer Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked on three different possible waters violations that include lake levels and working in public waters without a permit. A couple turn-in-poachers calls were investigated and will require continued investigation. Two wildfire investigations were completed, with both resulting in negligent acts. Fishing, boating, and invasive species enforcement continue to be worked during the week.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters in the Duluth area. Several abandoned fawn calls were handled. Please leave all fawns where you find them. North Shore rivers are still holding kamloops and fishing has been decent. Island Lake is still producing a nice catch of walleyes as well.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior during the annual Western Lake Superior Trolling Association JAWS tournament. Assistance was given to local agencies with in-progress calls, and a possession permit was issued for a young fawn that was found shortly after it died. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. He also checked some anglers fishing the North Shore streams. He worked aquatic invasive species enforcement throughout the week and assisted on some K-9 training. He completed end of the month paperwork, responded to a fire and worked a detail in the Lake Vermilion area. Enforcement action was taken for boating and aquatic invasive species.