DNR Report: April 7
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and spring beaver trapping activity. Fishing success was slow for most anglers who were checked. Ice conditions are hanging on but can change quickly during spring thaws. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked the end of the trout angling season. While trail conditions are a mess, some activity was still noted. Time was spent on a few equipment needs as well.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking shore anglers along the North Shore in the Duluth to Two Harbors area. The cooler weather and mediocre catching, along with some winds from the northeast, kept anglers at bay. Area reservoir lakes north of Duluth have been drawn down substantially with the anticipation of spring melting and running to start soon.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers and a few snowmobile operators trying to get the most from their season. Thanks to the cold weather, the rivers are still frozen. Inland ice fishing has been slow. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked to clear out old case files and evidence. She also worked the end of the inland trout season and prepared lesson plans for upcoming training. Lakes along the U.S.-Canada border were also worked for walleye anglers.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) primarily checked anglers inside and outside the BWCA. Enforcement action included fishing without a license, use of non-VHS certified ciscoes and failure to display ATV registration. The fish bite — and activity in general — was slower with the cold weather.
Bermel picked up a road-killed eagle.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling and snowmobile activity have slowed considerably over the week. Angling was limited to only a few people trying their hands at late-season trout. Reports were fair from the designated trout lakes and overall poor from lake trout anglers on Burntside Lake.
CO Marty Stage (Ely 2) spent time looking for the last of the lake trout fishermen in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The trout season is over now for another winter and soon the ice will start to deteriorate, so be careful if venturing out on the ice from here on out.
Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.