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DNR Report: June 23

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV activity during the week. With recent rains, have come fresh hatches of biting mosquitoes making fishing less enjoyable on the calm evenings. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no trout stamp and failure to activate a burn permit.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity this week. High winds kept many from the lakes, but helped with the flies. Time was also spent working area ATV trail activity.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling, boating and ATV enforcement throughout the week. One evening while patrolling on Birch Lake activity levels were surprisingly low, but the violation rate was 100 percent. The mosquito annoyance level at dark was also very high. Violations encountered throughout the week included several instances of fishing without licenses, trout stamps, angling with extra lines as well as no PFD in a boat.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports cool and rainy weather seems to have improved angler success over the week as many anglers have started to report a good walleye bite. Smallmouth bass and northern pike anglers however reported the opposite, and most checked had little luck over the week. Violations included angling without a license in possession and no lifesaving device aboard a watercraft.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) assisted the sheriff's office with a call about someone in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness sending up flares to signal for an emergency after big winds swept the area. Stage also assisted search and rescue on another BWCAW call for paddlers going through a rapids, capsizing and losing their canoe, and also assisted the sheriff's office administer a search warrant.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a couple of remote ATV patrols into designated trout lakes. The trout and the walleye fishing has really picked up with some nice fish being seen. Fagerman also checked lake accesses and talked with folks about aquatic invasive species issues.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) checked area anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and inland lakes. The officer also patrolled campgrounds and cleaned up trash left by irresponsible campers. Manning followed up on an ATV complaint and a report of possible birch sapling theft, which was found to be a local person hauling birch logs for firewood.

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