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DNR Report: Feb. 24

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked snowmobile enforcement and checked anglers in and out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In one instance, while working speed enforcement, two snowmobiles were clocked racing at 90 MPH on the trail. It was a father and son, and Bermel awarded the victory prize to both riders in the form of citations. By the end of Saturday trail conditions had deteriorated with the warm weather. Other enforcement action included unattended line, no license in possession, glass in the BWCAW, and vehicles on grant-in-aid trails.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) hosted a work crew in the area with several other officers assisting with snowmobile and angling enforcement. Warm weather kept many off the trails, but there was still quite a bit of traffic in the area.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers and snowmobilers. The officer assisted in a snowmobile work detail with several officers that patrolled the trails along the North Shore. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports snowmobile activity was very high in the beginning of the week but trail conditions went from good to very poor after several days of 50 degree weather. Fishing activity was steady although success wasn't good, but most anglers were out to enjoy the temperatures. Violations included angling on a designated trout lake without a trout stamp, excessive snowmobile speed and angling without a license in possession.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely 2) reports the weekend was a busy one for snowmobiles until the rain and heat shut it down. The lakes are still OK and have some snow left, but that will change quickly. The trails are getting to be somewhat poor after that heavy traffic and the bad weather conditions.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked with Conservation Officers Tom Hutchins, Phil George and Ontario conservation officers on a Canadian border lakes detail. Fishing and snowmobiling activity was very high as were the violations that came with increased activity. With the high water levels from last fall, the thaw is opening up flowages between lakes and into lakes faster than normal. Without colder weather soon, many portages into remote lakes may be impassable. Use caution around open water.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers and answered questions about nonresident licenses. The DNR booth was manned at the Duluth Sport Show. Ice conditions are changing rapidly with warm weather and rain. Miller also attended a district meeting and training session.

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