DNR Report: March 17
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling activity and monitored ice shelter removal from area lakes before the upcoming removal deadline. Anglers are reminded to remove all blocking and other debris when they take their shelter off the ice for the season.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this week. Some snowmobiles were still in the area, but trails are all but gone. Schottenbauer also assisted with some stranded motorists northeast of Isabella on an unplowed forest road.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking trout and pan fish anglers. Fishing was slow with only a few fish seen on the ice. Very few sleds are out on the trails. Questions were answered about bear hunting and angling in streams along the North Shore.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked anglers in and out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness throughout the week. The ice conditions are still conducive to truck travel in most areas without current. Time was spent checking the Trout Portage water skips. Enforcement action included angling without a license, unregistered ATV, failure to transfer ATV ownership, failure to display snowmobile registration and parking in closed area.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports cold and strong winds dominated the week. Snow conditions are still poor but holding in spite of heavy rain very early in the week. Angling pressure was extremely low and it was difficult to find anyone fishing to get a report. Snowmobile trails are still mostly impassable and no trail activity was found.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) checked anglers and ice houses as well as patrolling snowmobile trails. The rain and melt off followed by cold temperatures and no new snow have resulted in little snow being left on lakes and icy conditions left on sled trails. Several riders were temporarily stranded along the trails as they waited for machines to cool down enough to ride. The officer also answered questions on injured deer, fish houses and moose.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked inland lakes north of Duluth and along the North Shore for Kamloop anglers. Island Lake has produced some catches of crappies during the past week, primarily on the west side. Ice conditions are starting to worsen in certain areas with a current present. Snowmobile trails are in rough shape out of Duluth. Olson noted car killed skunks starting to show up, perhaps spring is closer than thought.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers and met with fisheries personnel about angling items. Complaints of ATVs on snowmobile trails were received, and a few diehard snowmobiles were checked trying to extend their season. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations during the week.