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DNR Report: April 7

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this week. Time was spent at Camp Ripley with training meetings and armoring divisional firearms.

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling activity and investigated a trapping complaint. Spring has arrived on the North Shore with the return of flocks of northbound geese, grouse drumming and maple trees being tapped. Seasonal closures of ATV trails are in place until trails dry up.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports rapidly deteriorating ice conditions. Crappie fishing success has remained slow, although effort is high. Enforcement action was taken on fishing, ATV and traffic violations. Please note the Stony Spur and Jackpot Loop ATV trails are closed for the spring thaw. Also a reminder that youth 12-15 years old on ATVs need to be accompanied by an adult while riding on public land and roads.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports he and Conservation Officer Marty Stage spent the last days of the winter trout season inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Fishing pressure was non-existent and the officers were the only people in attendance. Fishing pressure outside the BWCAW was high compared to past weeks and success was good.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) took calls regarding angling on Lake Superior tributaries and checked a few folks trying their luck for early steelhead. The officer also checked anglers taking advantage of the nice weather for the last few days of the inland trout season. Forest roads in the area are still largely snow covered and drivers are reminded that as snow melts, road conditions will deteriorate quickly so use caution if you venture onto backroads.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted with a black bear underneath a front porch of a residence in East Duluth. Apparently the bear spent the winter underneath the porch without the homeowners being any the wiser. Officers were successful in coaxing the winter resident to move out and on his way. Olson also assisted Floodwood Police Department with a domestic disturbance and checked anglers along the Duluth end of the North Shore.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked with fisheries on a reporting issue. Shore anglers were checked, and a complaint investigated regarding a truck operating on a snowmobile trail. Ice and snow conditions are quickly fading into spring. Enforcement action was taken for angling and off-road vehicle violations.