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DNR Report: Feb. 16

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area trout lakes for angling activity. Time was also spent on area trails and backroads working snowmobile activity. A deer committee meeting was also attended.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored snowmobile and angling activity. Snowmobile activity has picked up and compliance has been decent. Complaints were also followed up on.

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reported that cold weather slowed angling activity over the week. The majority of anglers reported fair success on several local trout lakes. Violations included angling without a license in possession and failure to display current snowmobile registration.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement in the Ely area and Voyageur's National Park. Activity has slowed with the steady frigid temperatures. Fishermen are reminded to carry their licenses with them. Not having them in possession continues to be a common issue.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Canadian wardens with an illegal trapping case. The officer also patrolled snowmobile trails and checked area lakes, anglers and fishing shelters.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling enforcement, including a work detail on Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake. A security detail was worked for the Aurora PolyMet mine public input meeting. Lots of enforcement action to report, including overlimits of sauger, extra lines, unattended lines, unmarked fish houses, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, possession of smelt without the VHS-free label and failure to transfer snowmobile and ATV ownership.

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and trapping activity during the week. Angling activity is high on areas of Lake Superior holding ice with both salmon and lake herring being caught. A call about an injured wolf was handled in the Duluth station and enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and illegal transportation of a furbearer.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended the PolyMet meeting in Duluth, checked area lakes north of Duluth and fielded questions on border water regulations and season closing dates in February. Olson also checked North Shore anglers in pursuit of coho salmon and Kamloops rainbow trout. Ice anglers are starting to appear on the pack ice in the Duluth area, some within a 100 yards of open water.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice and shore anglers, where salmon and herring are a common catch. A public comment hearing on the PolyMet project was worked and questions were answered about deer hunting scenarios. A trial was attended on a residual issue from last deer season. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.