Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating safety enforcement efforts and escort duties at the tall ships gathering in Duluth. Fishing remained good on Lake Superior with salmon being caught along with some large lake trout.
Nuisance-bear complaints continue to come in. Removing the food source is still the best advice for dealing with nuisance-bear activity.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV trails and anglers this past week. He also assisted with a boat and water detail in the Duluth Harbor.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling and boating activity was high over the week and many anglers reported good success for walleyes, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Several trout anglers reported little or no success, however.
Violations included angling without a license in possession, failure to display current registration and no lifesaving device on a watercraft.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended training, worked several Turn in Poachers calls and checked anglers.
An early bear-bait complaint revealed a fish-carcass dump site. After surveillance of the site, the individual responsible was identified. A search warrant was executed at their residence, resulting in a gross overlimit of walleyes in possession. Charges are pending.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking ATV riders and anglers on remote trout lakes. He responded to a harassment call involving firearms in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended mandatory training at Camp Ripley during the week and worked the Festival of Sail event in the Duluth-Superior Harbor and Lake Superior. The beautiful weather resulted in many people watching from watercraft and from shore.
Olson also attended a National Night Out event with CO Murray in Knife River. They fielded many questions during the event.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) gave instruction to cadets at the DNR Academy. A water security detail was worked in conjunction with other officers and departments for the Duluth tall ships event.
Commercial cisco nets were checked during the week and trollers continue to have success with lake trout and salmon along the North Shore. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.