DNR Report: Feb. 24

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Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile activity during the week. Area trails are in need of some additional snow to smooth out things, but they are still in fair condition. Lake Superior ice fishing continues with some areas losing ice due to high winds. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area trail activity and responded to a snowmobile accident north of Finland. He also spent time walking area trout lakes.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling and snowmobile enforcement. One day of 45-degree heat took a toll on the trail conditions, but weekend snowmobile traffic was extremely high anyway.

Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, extra lines, fishing without a license, unmarked fish houses, unregistered snowmobiles, failure to transfer snowmobile ownership and snowmobile speed, including a couple going more than 80 miles per hour. Casework on a felony drug case was completed and submitted for charges, and time was spent on several other cases as well.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports heavy snowmobile activity in the Ely area over the week, and that was before nearly a foot of snow fell Sunday afternoon. Fishing activity was also up as anglers took advantage of relatively warm weather and a decent trout bite. Violations included operating a snowmobile on a public roadway and an unmarked fish house.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement. There were a lot of snowmobiles out during the recent warmer weather. Enjoy the snowy conditions because there isn't much winter left.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) participated in a work detail with other officers in the Gunflint Trail area. They checked snowmobilers and trout anglers.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked area trout lakes for angling activity. Snowmobile trails are busy with people out enjoying the fresh snow. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended ice rescue training with the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard. The focus was self-rescue techniques for those working alone in remote locations.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobilers on area trails as more snow finally fell. As a result of high winds, ice has left many of the fishable areas of Lake Superior. Any remaining opportunities will be in sheltered areas. Miller worked the TIP Wall of Shame booth at the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show/Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic. He took enforcement action for snowmobile violations.