DNR Report: June 2
Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a sunny holiday weekend with the Grand Marais officer up the Gunflint Trail. Fishing success was on the slow side, but the weather was so nice, not many people were complaining. Conditions are still very dry, increasing fire danger along the North Shore.
Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes and licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked a busy holiday weekend. Many folks were out fishing and boating. ATV trails were worked this week as well. Schottenbauer taught license and registration checks at the Academy this week, too.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy Memorial Day weekend, conducted a BWCA canoe patrol and spent time on various complaints over the past week. Many violations were encountered: fishing without a license, fishing with an extra line, illegal length northern pike, no personal floatation devices, expired watercraft registration, no navigational lights, cans in the BWCA and ATV violations.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports that Memorial Day weekend was notably less busy on many area lakes. Although a good number of visitors were contacted, heat and very low angling success contributed to lower-than-normal numbers of people hitting the lakes and trails.
Violations included angling with an extra line, transporting walleyes with no skin patch and angling without a license in possession.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) assisted with a couple of firearms safety field days. He did a work detail with Officer Murray and took his first nuisance bear call of the year. It's time to bring in the bear/bird feeders.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted Cook County with an abandoned vehicles complaint on a wildlife management area and followed up on illegal camping complaints.
The officer checked anglers and boaters over the extended weekend. Boat owners and operators are advised to consult Minnesota boating laws before heading out. "How long has that been a law?" was a common question Manning received during safety equipment checks.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports the Memorial Day weekend provided beautiful weather in the Duluth area. On Saturday, it was 49 degrees on Lake Superior. Ten miles inland, the temperature was 93 degrees — a 44-degree difference.
Inland lakes north of Duluth were worked for boating and fishing enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for some license and boating equipment-related issues. Fishing success was decent on Fish Lake, the St. Louis River and Duluth harbor.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. Walleyes were found throughout the river, but anglers need to be careful in measuring their catch. Close doesn't cut it when it comes to the 15-inch minimum size. A lot of fish in the 14- to 15-inch range this year have been caught, necessitating careful measuring.
Invasive species compliance was closely monitored, with several boaters were found transporting their boats with bilge plugs in place. Enforcement action was taken for angling, boating and AIS violations.