DNR Report: July 7
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a busy Fourth of July weekend on area lakes. Fishing success was slow overall with few fish seen in the boat, but water recreation activity was high. Enforcement action was taken for safety equipment and licensing violations. Murray also assisted neighboring officers with an aquatic invasive species (AIS) check station inspecting several watercraft and educating watercraft owners on invasive species.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this week. Time was spent on both Lake Superior and inland lakes. Cold rainy weather has kept many from coming out.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a very busy Fourth of July weekend. Significant time was spent on AIS, ATV, boating and fishing enforcement. An AIS checkpoint was worked on Highway 53. Personal flotation device (PFD) compliance over the weekend was the worst the officer has seen with numerous citations issued. Other violations included fishing without a license, no navigational lights after sunset, unattended line, failure to display watercraft registration, AIS violations, unregistered ATV, and youth ATV passenger violations.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked anglers, boaters and ATV's. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating and ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports a busy weekend before the Independence Day holiday as rain and cold slowly gave way to warmer weather and sun. Angling pressure was very low early in the week, but stepped up sharply with the improved weather. Violations included angling without a license, operating an unregistered watercraft and no lifesaving device aboard a watercraft.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen inside and outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Fishing has been better than in past weeks, but the daily rains have made it hard for fishermen to stay out for very long.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) took a call on his first bear complaint of the year. Again, it was caused by garbage left outside of a residence. The officer did a BWCAW canoe patrol and worked Operation Dry Water detail.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) worked with other officers on an AIS check station over the busy holiday weekend; many boaters from in and out of state received information and had boats checked. The officer also checked anglers and boaters on inland lakes, attended the Cook County AIS Task Force meeting, and followed up on an open wetlands case.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. A weekend boat and water safety detail was held on Lake Minnetonka with multiple stops and arrests for boating while intoxicated and watercraft safety violations. Questions were answered about ATV safety training and trail use.