DNR Report: July 21
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and ATV activity over the weekend. Fishing seemed to improve this week with most anglers checked having fish. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and a nuisance wildlife complaint was taken.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) focused on aquatic invasive species (AIS), watercraft and angling enforcement. Time was also spent on a couple ongoing investigations. Enforcement action included angling without a license, transporting a watercraft with the drain plug in place, failure to display watercraft registration, PFDs and littering violations.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports rain continued to fall over the week and lake levels remained high for mid-July. Nuisance beaver complaints were handled all over the Ely area as driveways and roadways began to flood because of their activity. Violations included illegal length northern, no PFD on a watercraft, and possession of unmeasurable fish on a special regulation lake.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen in the area. Fishing has picked up and it has stopped raining for two days in a row, so lots of people were out on the lakes enjoying the sunshine. There were quite a few people with "throwable" square seat cushions in place of wearable PFDs. These have not been legal PFDs for decades.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a very slow week with not many people out in the woods and waters. He did check a few anglers that were competing with the bug hatch and not winning with the fish. Anglers were able to keep busy though with applying bug spray, bailing rainwater out of their boats, and drying out wet gear. The officer did find another nice lake map that blew out of someone's boat, but this one didn't contain secret fishing spots.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) noted a lack of concern by boaters for their own personal safety. In two instances groups of young boaters embarked without any life jackets in their boats. Minnesota is having a record year for boating fatalities and small boats have been involved in many of these. Angling licenses were also a problem for some. One young man who didn't have his with him and asked if the officer could "just look it up," will be receiving his citation in the mail after the officer returned to the office and found that he had failed to actually buy a license for the fishing trip he was on.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior in the Duluth to Two Harbors area. The fishing has slowed over the course of the week with some lake trout being caught. Area lakes north of Duluth were also worked for boating safety equipment and angling, the warmer weather had many enjoying the water. Olson handled calls on bears getting into garbage — just a reminder to keep things tidy prior to your garbage service pick-up.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Wild rice growth was checked on area lakes and ATV violations were addressed regarding trespassing and juveniles not wearing helmets. Enforcement actions were taken for ATV violations.