DNR Report: Jan. 24
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that weather started off cold but turned comfortable for the winter trout fishing opener in the Ely area. Fishing was good and most anglers checked had something to show for their efforts on the trout lakes. Violations included fishing on a designated trout lake with no trout stamp, operating an unregistered snowmobile and fishing with no license in possession.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked the trout opener and found fishermen happy and doing pretty well. There were a lot of people out on snowmobiles and fishing. There was very little litter on the ice too, so it was a good weekend. Time was spent meeting with the Canadian wardens and doing case work. The public is remember to make sure their snowmobile has its registration decal and numbers displayed in the proper fashion.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked the trout opener with several other officers. The weather was as good as it gets for a normally frigid weekend. Many people were checked and the vast majority of people were doing things right. A few fishing violations were encountered along with some snowmobile violations. With all those new angling holes drilled, the slush conditions could change for the worse, so those out fishing are urged to be aware of this possibility.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled grant-in-aid and state snowmobile trails. Riders are reminded to stay to the right side of the trail, especially on the narrow and winding trails common in Cook County. The officer also worked the busy trout opener in the vacant Silver Bay station with another officer. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, no trout stamp and angling with an extra line. The officer also responded to a report of a bobcat that attacked a family dog.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the trout opener in the Babbitt and Silver Bay stations. Fishing was fair and most anglers were following the rules. Snowmobile traffic continues to be high. Meetings were attended on various cases. Paperwork was finished up on a snowmobile fleeing case. Enforcement action was taken for failure to site validate otter tag, no trout stamp, snowmobile registration violations, snowmobile speed, and no fishing license in possession.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the trout opener with area officers in the Tofte/Finland area. The slush set up on most lakes, but in some areas it was deep enough that anglers were losing snowshoes and equipment. Overall, anglers were happy with the trout bite and the warm weather over the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for license violations and extra lines.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked inland trout anglers on a warmer-than-normal opener. Plenty of snow led to plenty of slush on some lakes, but most anglers were prepared or took the necessary precautions to avoid getting stuck. Some nice fish were seen on the ice and compliance with regulations was good. Wolves and moose were spotted coping with the weather conditions. Assistance was given to a local agency with a theft in progress. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.