DNR Report: May 19
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked the busy fishing opener on area lakes and saw mixed success among anglers. Many anglers had at least one fish in the boat but all enjoyed the sunshine even if they were not successful at catching a fish. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations, transporting fish without skin patch and possession of marijuana.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked the fishing opener this weekend. Time was spent on some forestry complaints and checking aquatic invasive species compliance.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the opener weekend on area lakes. The weather was great and the fish cooperated with most. The officer worked a TIP complaint and answered wildlife calls. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations, unattended fire and an arrest was made for possession of cocaine.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy walleye opener. Fish were cooperating and overall law compliance was very good. A Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness patrol was conducted with a DNR volunteer for early fishing. Enforcement action included an extra line, failure to display watercraft registration, no navigation lights after sunset and no Type IV PFD.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports fishing activity was very high in every lake patrolled both inside and out of the BWCAW over the opener weekend. Warm weather and decent walleye success meant some happy anglers with no snow or ice to fight with for a change. Violations included take fish during closed season, angling without a license and operating an unregistered watercraft.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked area lakes during the opener and found fishing to be slower than what had been predicted by the media. The weather was good, but the fish were very small. People were keeping a lot of very small walleyes on the lakes checked by the officer.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers over the fishing opener. Not many people out and fishing success was fair at best. Fagerman spent much of the week checking minnow and leech traps of commercial harvesters along with a few private traps. Boats were found cached on public property and enforcement action was taken. Places where these boats are left seem to attract trash and other items. Boats that are left unattended on public property are also subject to seizure. Fagerman also assisted the sheriff's department with a search.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) checked boat accesses and spoke with boaters about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The officer worked one of the nicest fishing openers in recent memory; conditions were beautiful and fishing was decent for most. Lack of required safety equipment was the most frequently encountered violation amongst anglers. The officer also provided assistance to a Superior Hiking Trail backpacker who had gotten turned around and ended up about 3 miles off course and heading in the wrong direction.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore and St. Louis River. The opener was warm and had many out on open water trying their luck. Enforcement actions taken for boat registration items. Olson responded to a deer that had got trapped in a backyard soccer net, the landowner was able to cut the deer free just prior to the officer's arrival. He assisted Two Harbors Police Department on a traffic stop concerning drug possession and several calls fielded on fishing and boating law questions and concerns.