DNR Report: Fishing slow; trail conditions vary
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Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers in the Duluth harbor. Catches of sturgeon have been showing up in the evening bite, while coho salmon are being caught along the North Shore and in Two Harbors. During the week, Olson also attended the United Northern Sportsmen 65th annual ice fishing contest on Island Lake.
Snowmobile trails in the Duluth area are in tough shape. More snowpack is needed.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Training items for the upcoming academy were worked on and wildlife questions were answered. A few boats are getting out from the Two Harbors access and having some success with salmon.
Enforcement action was taken for watercraft and snowmobile violations.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked trout anglers this past week. Fishing was very slow. Velsvaag took several calls on trapping regulations. Several people were contacted with snowmobile registration decals peeling off and anglers without their licenses in possession.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) took part in a work detail on Lake Vermilion. Anglers and snowmobile riders were checked.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent time checking trout anglers and working snowmobile trails. Trail conditions are good, although the extreme cold is making for shorter rides for those venturing out. Bermel responded to two snowmobile accidents on consecutive days involving head injuries and a broken femur.
Enforcement action included failure to display snowmobile registration, no trout stamp, live minnows on a trout lake and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked snowmobilers and ice anglers along the North Shore. The extreme cold kept most people off the ice, while a few sleds were still out on the trails.
Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.