DNR Report: May 5
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked trapping, fishing and boating activity during the week. Murray assisted with an ATV enforcement detail in the Ely station and answered questions related to stream trout regulations.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this week. Time was spent at Camp Ripley qualifying on divisional fire arms as well.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored spring fish run, checked steelhead anglers and spring trappers. The officer spent time at Camp Ripley for firearms qualification and assisted the county with a domestic disturbance.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked ATV enforcement and sucker spearing with little sucker run noted, likely due to the recent cold and snow causing water temperatures to drop. A big influx of ring necked ducks and buffleheads was noted this week. Enforcement action was taking for operating an ATV on state highway. Reminder, off-highway motorcycles are not allowed on public roads or road ditches unless part of a designated off-highway vehicle trail or they are street legal (lights and plate).
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports several inches of snow fell midweek followed by cold temperatures and wind. Weather conditions improved just in time for the weekend and Williams patrolled areas of the Echo trail during a large ATV club ride. Turn out for the event was good and compliance was overall high. Violations included failure to display ATV registration, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and juvenile ATV passenger without a helmet.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked the last of the walleye run and prepared boats for the fast approaching fishing opener. People have been getting their boats ready and putting in docks. Remember to register you boats and canoes and bring the PFDs.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports he ran into what maybe the last snowmobiler of the year. He was out enjoying every scrap Mother Nature had left to offer. Steelheaders filled the Lake Superior tributaries over the weekend. The fishing slowed from the earlier reports after the ice storm and cold weather. A TIP call was investigated. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and fishing violations.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) spent part of the week at Camp Ripley completing and assisting with annual firearms qualifications. The officer also worked sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River with Conservation Officer Sarah Grell. Boating violations were more common than sturgeon — all related to required safety equipment. The pair also assisted a group of folks stranded on the river when their boat motor failed.