Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity during the past week. Several nice trout and salmon were caught on Lake Superior as anglers escaped the heat wave and bugs that were abundant on inland lakes. Enforcement action was taken for invasive species and license violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV trails and lakes for activity. Time spent at Camp Ripley for officer training as well.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling activity in Ely was steady with mixed results. Walleye anglers had some success with mostly small- and medium-sized fish being caught. Smallmouth bass anglers reported a great amount of success on many area lakes. Violations included angling with no license in possession and no throwable personal flotation device (PFD).
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with CO Al Peterson and attended to equipment maintenance. Enforcement contacts included an angler fishing with three lines, cans/glass in the BWCAW, unregistered canoes and a group of four on a BWCAW trip from Indiana who failed to bring any PFDs along. A strong walleye bite was noted.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended rifle training at Camp Ripley. He patrolled the BWCAW and staffed a Department of Public Safety booth in Grand Marais. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating and ATV violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior in the Two Harbors-area waters. He reports lake trout have been making up the majority of the fish seen during the week. Olson assisted in instructing at Camp Ripley for the water survival and boating training for the current Academy class. Aquatic invasive species was worked during the week as well.