Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity over the holiday weekend. Fishing remained good on Lake Superior and many anglers were out trying to hook a salmon or lake trout. Bear activity remained high with the animals finding human food sources mostly in unsecured trash bins. Enforcement action was taken for illegal burning activity and licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked a busy Fourth of July week. Time was spent mostly on the water, but some time was spent working ATV trails as well.
Schottenbauer encountered an 8-year-old who was refusing to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) as required by law. He offered the kid a ride back to the camp site and an end to the day’s boating activities. The kid promptly put on his PFD, and Schottenbauer noted a smirk from Grandma.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) assisted St. Louis County and Lake County Search and Rescue for several days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness searching for a camper who had walked away from his group. During the second day of searching, it was discovered that the missing person had intentionally left his group to attempt to walk through the 1.1 million-acre Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. Rescue efforts were called off after no sign was found. A Canadian search plane was able to locate him after three days of being missing and he was brought to American authorities in International Falls.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy Fourth of July week of boating and angling enforcement. One day was spent working the Aurora station with CO Broughten. Numerous extra-line citations were issued during the week, along with citations for unregistered boats, no PFDs, operating a personal watercraft (PWC) after hours, no navigational lights after sunset, and no angling license. Overall, it was a slow fish bite, but the weather was good.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled lakes over the busy holiday week; one boat contacted had no life jackets at all, in addition to being overloaded with passengers. Paddle boarders and kayakers are reminded that they need to have life jackets as well.
Manning also helped teach firearms at the current Academy at Camp Ripley, assisted with a county call on fireworks and participated as part of the Minnesota DNR Honor Guard at the funeral of White Earth Conservation Officer Richard Fox, Jr.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the busy holiday weekend checking anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Time was spent on Lake Superior, inland lakes and in the BWCAW. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked a busy Lake Superior during the week. The weather was very nice overall and many recreational boaters and paddle sports enthusiasts took full advantage. Anglers have been having good success on lake trout and coho salmon out of Two Harbors.
Operation Dry Water was worked in the Duluth Superior Harbor during Fourth Fest and the five consecutive days of concerts at Bayfront Park.
Olson assisted CO Murray with a case of steelhead taken illegally in the Two Harbors area of Lake Superior. He also worked an Operation Dry Water detail on the St. Croix River on Saturday.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior, Lake Minnetonka, and the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. Many people were out enjoying the holiday weekend. One PWC operator out over an hour before legal time also forgot to bring with a life jacket. Another chose to consume far too many drinks before taking a friend for a ride. PFD compliance was generally good, with a few cases of young children found not wearing a PFD.
Enforcement action was taken for boating, angling, and alcohol violations.