Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked stream angling activity during the week. Fishing picked up this past week with the return of warmer weather. A report of illegally dumped deer carcasses was investigated and enforcement action was taken on licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked shore anglers on Lake Superior and along its tributaries. Cool weather and rain slowed fishing, but warm weather and sun should pick things up during the week.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week focusing on ATV and OHM enforcement. He also attended annual wildfire investigation training at Camp Ripley. Violations included operating an off-highway motorcycle in a prohibited area.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) attended a wildland fire investigation team meeting at Camp Ripley during the week.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports an uptick in returning waterfowl and grouse sightings over the past week. Several phone calls were followed up on, and a public waters case was closed out. Enforcement action included possession of a wild animal without a permit and failing to report a submerged snowmobile.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers in the tributaries of the North Shore of Lake Superior. Some nice steelhead were landed along the banks of the rivers despite the cold water farther up the North Shore. He gave the law enforcement ATV presentation to a class at the Cook County Middle School.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking anglers along the North Shore rivers as well as Lake Superior anglers. The lake anglers have been doing well on coho salmon. Violations encountered were for trout/salmon stamp violations, boating equipment and registration issues.
He also responded and assisted with the tragedy of CO Eugene Wynn in Pine County. Fair winds and following seas, my friend.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked early season boat anglers as the ice blew out. Many boaters came from a distance to look for salmon and lake trout.
Now is a good time of the year to brush up on aquatic invasive species requirements, boat registration and safety equipment. Enforcement action was taken for angling, traffic and boating violations.