DNR Report: 'It seems like every snowmobile in Minnesota is out'
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling activity this past week. Fishing in the area is poor at best with deep snow and slush in the area.
Schottenbauer also spent the week and weekend enforcing snowmobile rules. Many snowmobilers were encountered stuck as they tried to leave groomed trails. Most came away from their troubles with only hurt pride. Follow up and conclusion of some trapping complaints was handled as well.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile enforcement this past week. Trails remain in good condition and anglers are enjoying some rare ice fishing opportunities on Lake Superior. Murray also attended a training session in Grand Rapids.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked snowmobilers and trout anglers this past week. He also took several calls from people with complaints about the new pike regulations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily snowmobile enforcement. He also checked a few anglers, attended training and conducted equipment maintenance.
A very high number of snowmobiles were out enjoying the excellent conditions and weather over Presidents Day weekend. A few comments were heard such as, "It seems like every snowmobile in Minnesota is out." Numerous speed citations were issued, with several in the $80s. Several expired registrations were also addressed with citations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking angling and snowmobile activity. Fishing remains slow while the trails are very busy with sleds. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) participated in a work detail over the busy holiday weekend. The detail concentrated on angling and snowmobile activity.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking ice anglers on Lake Superior. The anglers are venturing further and further out; just a reminder to have an action plan in the event the ice becomes unstable. Lake trout are being caught along with a few salmon off the Lester River.
Olson worked the Duluth sport show in the TIP (Turn in Poachers) Wall of Shame of booth. Inland lakes have some serious pockets of slush —- riders be aware.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior as the ice continued to grow. Ice conditions always vary so be sure to wear floatation gear and carry rescue picks and a chisel.
All anglers on Minnesota waters of Lake Superior must have a Minnesota angling license and trout stamp. Wisconsin licenses are only good in Wisconsin waters. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.