Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling, boating and ATV activity over the holiday weekend. Weather conditions started out sunny and warm before turning windy and cold by Monday. Fishing was slow, according to most anglers checked. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and illegal ATV operation violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area anglers and boating activity this past week. Time was also spent working aquatic invasive species and beaver complaints.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and boaters this past week. He also attended training and took several questions about nuisance bears and beavers. Velsvaag reminds people to take down bird feeders and keep any other bear attractants away.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the weekend and holiday patrolling areas of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness focusing on water safety. Activity was high and fishing success was overall good. Violations included angling without a license in possession and failure to display current watercraft registration.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked anglers, boat and water safety equipment, and BWCAW accesses during the week. A burning pile of tires and burning without a permit was also dealt with.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a detail on Upper Red Lake with CO Lawler. Fishing was slow and weather conditions made for tough fishing. Time was spent on cases involving illegal shoreline impact. Enforcement action included fishing without licenses, watercraft registration violations, and boating safety violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked state forest and park campgrounds and boat accesses. Fishing success was mixed and angler and boater compliance were good. One pair of boaters realized they had forgotten their life jackets and made the 75-mile round trip to purchase new ones in town just before an equipment check at the access.
Manning spoke with WTIP Radio about boating safety and the importance of proper preparation before boating. She also checked burning permits and minnow retailers and attended a district meeting.
Manning wrapped up the holiday by cleaning up after the irresponsible parent of a toddler who tossed out dirty diapers and soiled paper towels and newspapers in a public parking area.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior, inland lakes and in the BWCAW. Fishing remained slow on most lakes. He gave a presentation to the firearms safety class at the Cook County Middle School. Commercial minnow enforcement was also focused on. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended training during the week and checked anglers and boaters on area lakes north of Duluth. A strong northeast wind on Lake Superior kept anglers and boaters at bay, and as a result, Olson worked ATV enforcement with CO Murray in the northern tier of the Two Harbors duty station.
Violations detected included registration issues and operations regarding youths.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters, anglers and recreational vehicle operators on a cool holiday weekend. Multiple instances of ATV and off-highway motorcycle violations were discovered that are preventable if the operator would read the registration book or recall what they were taught in safety training.
A local person who dumped a trailer house frame and loads of scrap at a public water access early in the season returned to reclaim some of his materials. Unfortunately for him, officers in the area frequently share information about ongoing violations, and a brief period of surveillance led to enforcement action for traffic, dumping and other public access violations. Enforcement action also taken for angling violations.