DNR Report: April 28
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV enforcement efforts during the week. Fishing became more difficult on North Shore streams with rising waters due to recent rainfalls. Spring beaver trapping continues and all lakes in the area are now ice free.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked Lake Superior tributary rivers for activity this week. There was high activity and success for many. Schottenbauer also assisted with a missing hiker where the party was reported late. As Schottenbauer arrived and got a physical description, he drove back down a hill and around a corner less than a quarter mile away and picked up the "missing" person that was walking on the road. Parties "re-united" and all was well.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the fish run, off-highway vehicle enforcement, attended a meeting in Duluth, and was assigned tribal netting duties. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered off-highway motorcycles, unregistered ATV and no ATV safety certificate.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked area anglers along Lake Superior. Time was spent working on division issued firearms. Wahlstrom also responded to a lost person at a state park and checked ATVs.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he attended a seated field sobriety instructor course in the metro area during the week. Williams also focused on boating and angling enforcement. Weather conditions overall were poor with strong winds and temperatures varying from the high 60s to low 30s and very little activity was found.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) kept vigil on the walleye spawning creeks and watched those out fishing for walleyes while pretending to be fishing for pan fish. The walleye and northern season are not open and it is unlawful to attempt to catch these species before opener.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) completed required online training during the week. He also followed up on wildland fire cases and checked Lake Superior streams.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) helped organize ATV and Hunter Education classes for students and new instructors. The officer checked steelhead anglers, Lake Superior fishermen, and ATV operators. Manning also began commercial inspections of minnow retailers and minnow dealers and followed up on a wetland enforcement case from last year.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time on the North Shore tributaries checking trout anglers and smelters in the evenings. The needed rain and milder temperatures spurred the smelt in the Duluth area to run in the rivers and along Park Point. Olson also worked a detail focusing on rivers and smelting activity over the weekend. He also checked inland areas for ATV activities and trail conditions with the wetter conditions.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked river anglers and shore casters in a week with weather that was not angler-friendly. Fish spawning activity was monitored and smelters checked late at night. The weekend saw good success for the smelt run. Fire danger has subsided a bit with recent rain and snow. Miller took enforcement activity for angling violations.