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DNR Report: Feb. 17

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area lakes for angling activity and spent time on area trails as well. Schottenbauer did a lot of explaining to lost snowmobilers and the concept of county roads are not trails, even in Lake County.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking snowmobiles on area trails. The trails are in excellent condition. Anglers were checked on lakes in Lake and Cook counties. Some nice pan fish were seen in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for careless operation, snowmobiling and hunting violations.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked snowmobile enforcement as well as checking ice anglers. There was an extremely high volume of snowmobile traffic with the ample snow conditions. Speed was a problem with several in the 80s — statewide speed limit is 50 mph. Fishing success is very slow. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed, expired registration, failure to transfer ownership and expired ATV registration.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports a combination of good trail conditions and warm weather made for an extremely busy snowmobiling weekend. Snowmobile registration compliance was very high considering the huge volume of sleds on the trails, speed on the other hand continues to be a problem. Violations included excessive snowmobile speed, angling with extra lines and angling without license in possession.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely 2) reports the weekend was a busy one for snowmobiles and there was also a lot of illegal snowmobile traffic on the roads as evidenced by the tracks. Some were running great distances down the main roads and even the state highway.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports great winter conditions for both anglers and snowmobilers alike. He patrolled by snowmobile checking remote designated trout lakes and checking snowmobile activity. Angling success has been mixed depending on skill level and lake.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) patrolled area lakes checking anglers and fishing shacks. The officer also patrolled the Ramstad State and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. One angler learned the hard way that reading the regulation book every year is a good thing; he could have saved himself a fine and a ticket had he read about and gotten the "Non-Trail Registration" for his sled rather than hoping that a conservation officer would not notice the 2011 registration he never renewed.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked area lakes and snowmobile trails in the Duluth area; the warmer weather had many anglers and snowmobilers taking advantage over the weekend. Olson also attended the annual un-hooked fishing contest on Island Lake, fielding questions and checking angling licenses. The brisk winds had some shore anglers along the North Shore seeking inland opportunities.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) processed evidence from cleared cases and answered questions relating to regulations on Lake Superior. Work detail schedules were worked on for spring fish run. Miller also completed enforcement actions for commercial violations.