DNR Report: Ice conditions unsafe for ATVs; snowmobiling traffic high
Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked on administrative items and checked ice anglers on Lake Superior in the Two Harbors and Duluth areas. The catch seemed to slow down heading into the weekend.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers on Lake Superior. Travel remains easy for those on foot or snowmobile, but ATV use should be reconsidered with some of the cracks that open up each day. Pressure was high over the weekend, undoubtedly having an effect on fishing efforts with so much traffic. Lake trout and coho salmon were seen on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week focusing on snowmobile and ice shelter enforcement. Trail conditions were excellent but windblown lakes made for slow travel and recent snowfall in the rest of the state meant very little activity even over the weekend. Trout fishing was also slow, and most anglers contacted on Burntside Lake reported little to no success.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked anglers this past week. Slush conditions have improved overall, but there are still some large pockets of deep slush on some lakes. Snowmobiling activity was high with the great trail conditions, but there were several serious accidents in the region. Velsvaag took several calls on fishing regulations and anglers are reminded to get their new licenses.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) participated in a work detail with other officers during the weekend. Snowmobilers and anglers were checked.