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DNR Report: Feb. 10

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time was spent on area snowmobile trails this week. Schottenbauer also assisted with water survival training at the state trooper's academy.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports time was spent checking anglers and enforcing snowmobile laws. Violations included operating vehicles on snowmobile trails, snowmobile speed, and snowmobile registration violations. Trail conditions are improving with the new snow. Groomers are doing a good job with what they have to work with. Be sure to express your appreciation to the local club volunteers.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored angling activity on area lakes in Cook and Lake counties. Trout fishing has slowed. The snowmobile trails are in excellent shape. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile activity.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) attended training in Duluth during the week. He also checked weekend snowmobile traffic as many people rode in the Cook County Ridge Riders Fun Run. The weather was great and lots of people talked about how impressed they were with the trail conditions and are thankful to the groomer operators.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports trail conditions continue to slowly improve thanks to recent snow and cold weather. Angling reports have been poor, and activity has slowed but local trout lakes continue to be active. Violations included angling without a license in possession and failure to display snowmobile registration.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely 2) worked with other officers in the Ely station focusing on snowmobile and angling activity. Stage also assisted the U.S. Border Patrol. Recent snowfall has created much better travel conditions on the area lakes.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore. Coho's are still being targeted and caught by the shore anglers. Olson also instructed a water safety/confidence course for the current state patrol academy at Camp Ripley and worked area snowmobile activities. He primarily encountered registration violations.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) completed work on commercial fishing items and worked with the fisheries division. Questions were answered at a local minnow retailer.