Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile activity during the week. Area trails were in excellent shape with a high number of users out enjoying them. Area lakes are still holding slush in areas but have started to improve with the cold weather. He took enforcement action for snowmobile speed and licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobile activity this past week. He started putting the finishing touches on a background investigation. He also spent time at a department Deer Committee meeting.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked deer cases and patrolled by snowmobile throughout the week. Snowmobile trail conditions are good and are seeing fairly high use. He took enforcement action for taking a doe without a doe permit, a youth deer hunting violation and deer-registration violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Lake conditions are much improved over last week and snowmobile trails are looking good. She also took a call about trapping.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports fishing activity in the Ely area was fair, but most reports were of slow to no success. Snowmobiling ramped up after a week of colder weather helped with the slush conditions on the lakes. Violations included operating an unregistered snowmobile.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked anglers this past week and slush conditions have not improved very much. Ice conditions are highly variable and many anglers are fishing while wearing snowshoes. Several calls came in about the trout opener and pike regulations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the BWCAW checking anglers. He worked snowmobile trails and area lakes. He responded to loud snowmobile exhaust complaints and took enforcement action.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking shore anglers along the North Shore. Early morning anglers in Two Harbors have been catching salmon while braving the cold weather. He worked snowmobile enforcement in the Two Harbors and Duluth areas. Trails are in good condition and the weekend had many riders out, including a veteran's ride out of Two Harbors on Saturday. Violations included trail speed, registration-related issues and modified exhaust on snowmobiles.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore casters and snowmobilers. Salmon, lake trout and herring have been cooperating for shore-casting anglers when the wind allows. Snowmobile trails are in prime shape, with heavy traffic on weekends. Inland lakes are starting to settle and firm up. He took enforcement action for snowmobile and angling violations.