Editor’s note: Some conservation officers don’t submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing activity and handled calls about nuisance wildlife during the week. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and nonpayment at a state forest campground. Fishing success picked up a bit in the area with some nice fish being caught on Lake Superior.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area lakes for boating activity. Schottenbauer also assisted with area protection around the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center near Duluth Harbor. He attended water survival training at Camp Ripley with the cadets.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted with the presidential detail in Duluth. Marine Unit officers worked with the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Olson also instructed at the Conservation Officer Academy for watercraft and water survival classes.
Lake Superior has been producing good catches of lake trout. Area lakes north of Duluth were also worked for boating safety enforcement during the warm weather. Violations included for life jackets and minor angling violations.
Bear complaints were also fielded in the Duluth area. Remember that bird feeders are also bear feeders. Bring in all food sources and place your garbage the day of your pickup.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) presented watercraft operation training at the Conservation Officer Academy. Candidates were instructed in areas of water survival, patrol boat operations and transport of watercraft. Questions were answered regarding possession of fish on special regulation lakes.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly angling and boating inside and outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A decent fish bite was observed over the weekend. Several folks were cited for fishing without licenses.
Other enforcement action was taken for expired watercraft registration and no personal floatation devices, including one individual out on a nine-day solo BWCAW kayak trip. He had no flotation device and already had capsized once.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled BWCAW lakes checking boaters and anglers. She assisted Cook County with the removal of two people from a residence and subsequent warrant arrests. Manning also patrolled forest roads, checking ATV operators and took calls on off-highway motorcycle operation and nuisance bears.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling activity was high over the week and peaked during the weekend in spite of surprise thunderstorms and much cooler weather. Angler success was mixed, with smallmouth bass and northern pike reports being very good and only a few walleyes being seen all week.
Violations included angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, and expired watercraft registration.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a canoe patrol into the BWCAW, checked border lakes and did a work detail in the Duluth Harbor.