DNR Report: Fishing conditions improving
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) handled nuisance-wildlife calls and checked stream anglers along Lake Superior during the week. Fishing is starting to improve. As areas are becoming snow-free, burning permits are once again required and must be activated before burning.
Murray also attended a public deer management meeting in Two Harbors with area wildlife managers and worked on a land trespass case.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Time was spent at Camp Ripley for training as well.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week focusing on crappie angling and ATV enforcement. The lakes saw very little activity. The anglers who were contacted reported poor success and rapidly decreasing ice. ATV activity was high on Saturday as riders took advantage of the short-lived warmer, dry weather.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked anglers this past week. Fishing picked up and ice conditions were good. He also took several calls about injured deer and fielded questions about wolves and dogs.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a very quiet week. Administrative tasks were attended to as was the seasonal equipment change. He also prepared for upcoming work details.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) primarily checked crappie anglers in and out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Time was also spent checking recreational vehicle registrations and on equipment maintenance. The ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating with the warm weather and rain. Enforcement action was taken for expired ATV registrations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers along the North Shore. The tributaries are still very cold and icy but a few anglers were out trying their luck. He attended in-service at Camp Ripley.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent much of the week at Camp Ripley for an Honor Guard meeting and annual use of force instructor training. Manning also worked Lake Superior tributaries and river mouths checking anglers.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked the fish run along the North Shore rivers. River temperatures are cold and the water levels have been increasing during the week with the melting inland proceeding at a steady pace.
Enforcement actions were taken for minor license infractions and state park violations while patrolling Jay Cooke State Park during the weekend. Injured-deer calls were handled and referred to the wildlife section.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and shore casters in the same spot in the same week. Fishable ice has left the Minnesota shoreline and river anglers are starting to chase rainbows along the lower shore. Questions were answered about upcoming ATV seasons. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.