DNR Report: April 21
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) answered questions from out-of-state anglers wishing to fish North Shore trout streams on the opener. The anglers were shocked to hear that area streams were frozen solid. Murray also checked spring beaver trappers and issued deer possession permits for vehicle-killed deer.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area lakes and rivers and checked border-lake walleye anglers. Manning also patrolled forest roads, where snow was quickly disappearing. Storms over the weekend brought winter back to the northwoods for a few more days, although not as much snow fell in the Arrowhead as other parts of the state.
Enforcement action was taken when the officer witnessed a car nearly sideswipe the median barrier and another car. The distracted driver was cited for careless operation.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked late-season crappie anglers, primarily in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Overall activity is low. Bermel also spent time on commercial activity. Enforcement action taken for fishing without a license and a traffic violation.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling pressure in the area is slow but steady. Angler success has improved and so has the quality of fish seen. Williams also assisted officers on the Rainy River for the busy catch-and-release sturgeon season. Violations included DWI, angling without a license and transporting fish without a skin patch.
CO Marty Stage (Ely 2) worked on getting winter equipment ready for storage and getting ready for spring activity. There is still a lot of snow in the woods, but river ice is deteriorating in many locations. Please be careful.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked lakes along the border. He dealt with equipment breakdowns and checked snowmobilers.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) check anglers along the border and focused on ATV enforcement. Time was also spent working on issued equipment. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) reports there wasn't much activity in the area. He also worked on Academy lesson plans.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked on Academy preparation issues and answered questions about upcoming open-water seasons. Prolonged winter weather has really delayed the steelhead run and anglers are getting antsy. High winds changed the layout of some river mouths over the weekend. A few northbound sea ducks found refuge from the waves in North Shore harbors.
Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.
Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.