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DNR Report: May 5

Sam Cook/Duluth News Tribune

Editor’s note: Some conservation officers don’t submit reports every week.

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked stream trout angling activity along the North Shore. Streams are finally ice-free and a few fish are showing up. Murray attended division training during the week and prepared watercraft for the upcoming season. Enforcement action was taken for burning violations.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) found a touch of spring this week as river activity finally started to get on its way on Superior tributaries. ATV activity has started to pick up in the area as well. Officer training was attended in Hibbing this week.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling activity in the Ely area has nearly completely stopped as many small lakes have begun to become very dangerous. Sucker spearing activity for the first time on the opener was non-existent and many of the popular spots have just recently become open. ATV activity was high over the weekend and most groups reported fair trail conditions.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) got called out to a wildland fire in West Duluth, attended firearms training and checked remote areas. Lakes are still frozen tight to shore.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Border Patrol with a detail off the Gunflint Trail. She completed and assisted with annual spring training and firearms qualifications at Camp Ripley and in Hibbing. Manning also checked anglers along Lake Superior and its tributaries and checked state park day-use areas.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended firearms training and worked ATV enforcement, as well as storing and preparing seasonal equipment. A few more ducks arriving in the area were noted, but there are very few grouse out. As a reminder to anglers, the new pike zones don’t affect lakes with current special regulations (Birch and Basswood, for example). Enforcement action taken for litter.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers and ATV riders and assisted the county. The officer instructed during the firearms qualifications in Hibbing and testified in court. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended firearms training in Hibbing. Olson also attended a firearms safety training field day at the United Northern Sportsmen facility north of Duluth. He reports area lakes are still locked up tight with ice cover, but the rivers along the North Shore are flowing.

Olson said goodbye to retired Conservation Officer Marty Stage, who was stationed in Ely. Stage was a dedicated and hardworking field officer with strong woodsmanship skills and tenacity. He will be missed.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers along the shore and in rivers. The St. Louis River channel is mostly open, but back bays remain ice covered.

Steelhead anglers are finding fishing moving into the rivers as temperatures climb. Multiple fires were responded to as conditions quickly became dry. Enforcement action was taken for angling and traffic violations.