DNR Report: Jan. 5
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobile activity this week. Schottenbauer worked the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trout opener during brutal cold conditions to find a few hearty souls out fishing.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that not many anglers braved the frigid conditions for the BWCA trout opener. Fagerman worked with CO Duncan and the U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer. Snowmobile registration and BWCAW violations were encountered.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) worked a chilly BWCAW trout opener with CO Thomas Wahlstrom and CO David Schottenbauer. The officers found hearty anglers who were having reasonable success. The officers also patrolled area lakes and snowmobile trails and found good compliance among the groups they checked. Trails had good snow cover, but conditions were a bit rough yet. Manning also took calls about road kill deer and snowmobile operation by nonresident youth.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports a severely cold start to the BWCA trout opener. Very few anglers ventured out into the wilderness over the weekend with wind chill values colder than 40 below zero. Those who did go out had excellent luck on large rainbow trout. Violations included angling without a license in possession, fail to display current snowmobile registration and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling enforcement and also assisted Ely PD with an assault call. One individual was angling after revocation while using extra lines. Other enforcement action included unattended lines, extra lines and expired ATV registration.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the trout opener in the BWCAW with area officers. The temps were very cold and few trout were in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.