DNR Report: March 29
Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile activity during the week. Late season riders were still finding some good snowmobile trail sections but conditions are deteriorating. Swans and geese were observed returning to the North Shore, signaling spring is in the air. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spoke at William Kelly School. Time was spent checking trout anglers and getting equipment needs addressed as seasons change.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area inland lakes and checked conditions on Lake Superior tributaries. The officer also followed up on a Turn in Poachers complaint, assisted Cook County on a reported domestic call and cleared out evidence from now closed cases.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) located a dead female yellow Labrador that was wrapped in a blanket and recently dumped on the powerline between Country Club and Lamppa Road. If you have information who the dog belonged to, please contact the officer. This was a very inconsiderate location to get rid of a dog.
Two raccoon calls were handled. Crappie and trout anglers were out with limited success. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and snowmobile registration violations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers along the North Shore. A few fish are cooperating further south. The officer followed up on past investigations.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports that he and CO Marty Stage spent the end of the week patrolling areas of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area via cross-country skis. Activity was high for early spring in the wilderness and included anglers, recreational skiers and trekkers. Violations included litter and possessing aluminum cans inside the BWCA.
CO Marty Stage (Ely 2) worked a ski detail in the BWCA over the weekend. Fishing was good for the dog mushers and their clients and travel conditions were excellent. One fisherman in the wilderness was frantically trying to reel up his extra line before the officer could get to him. He claimed it was a nonexistent person's line, inside his fish tent. He also tried to casually hide his aluminum beer cans, but then claimed he had never known cans and bottles were illegal in the BWCA.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers and a few remnant snowmobile riders. A slow thaw has kept rivers frozen as anglers wait for water to move and start the fish run. Wildlife complaints were handled for the Wildlife Division, including a turkey that was hanging around an elementary school parking lot. While entertaining for some, it created a hazard for others.
Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile, angling and release-of-wild-turkey violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended a meeting of the Western Lake Superior Trollers Association. The discussion focused on topics related to Lake Superior boating and fisheries laws. Olson checked North Shore anglers on the Duluth end. There were steady winds from the northeast, making it a challenge for shore anglers. Some crappies on Island Lake cooperated over the weekend. Snowmobile and watercraft maintenance items were tended to as well.