DNR Report: Feb. 3
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time was also spent checking trail activity. Most area trails are covered in hard packed snow and ice.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a couple TIP calls in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness resulting in violations for motorized equipment, cans, failure to transfer snowmobile ownership, attempting to take over limits of fish, no cisco labeling, too far from tip-ups, and transporting fish without a skin patch. Time was also spent assisting local officers on busy Red Lake. Lots of enforcement action to report including fishing without a license, extra lines, dressed fillets on special management waters, unattended lines and marijuana.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, ATV's, and fish shelters on area lakes in the Evansville area. Complaints of snowmobile and angling violations were investigated. Enforcement action was taken for underage drinking, possession of drug paraphernalia, angling, ATV and snowmobile violations.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he attended the annual Ely snowmobile fun run, which saw a good turnout although trail and lake conditions are still only fair after recent warm weather and rain. Fishing pressure was low overall and angler success was good. Violations included angling without a license in possession and snowmobile speed.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely 2) worked with other officers in the Ely station focusing on snowmobile and angling activity. Recent colder weather has frozen the slush creating rough conditions on the lakes.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked in the Ely area with other officers for a concentrated snowmobile enforcement detail. Phone calls were returned and questions involving fishing regulations were answered. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore in pursuit of coho salmon and kamloop trout. Car killed deer permits were issued in the Duluth area. Area snowmobile trails are in need of a fresh snowfall, as they are reported to be in rough condition with slippery spots. Slush pockets on the area lakes have firmed up with the cooler temperatures.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers and worked a complaint of over limits of salmon. Questions were answered regarding Lake Superior guiding licenses and assistance given to local agencies with a vehicle crash. Enforcement action taken for angling and traffic violations.