Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling activity this past week. He also spent time spent on area trails working snowmobile activity.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) assisted with a youth safety class in Babbitt. Thanks to the volunteers who helped out with the course. He spent time on the busy snowmobile trails, on grant-in-aid ski trails and following-up on cases. He took enforcement action for snowmobile speed, failure to display registration, no snowmobile safety training and no cross-country ski pass.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports ice angling activity was very high over the week, but success for most trout anglers was poor. He also assisted with an ice safety course hosted by the local college where participants were able to practice self- and team-rescue techniques. He reported violations for no shelter information, angling with extra lines and no fishing license in possession.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked anglers on remote trout lakes. Some nice fish were seen in the bag. Snowmobilers are out enjoying the trails. He took enforcement action for snowmobile and fishing violations.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports the North Shore was packed with people enjoying several different means of outdoor recreation throughout the week. He contacted multiple anglers chasing trout, but few fish were seen. Hill cited multiple people for no fishing license, no trout stamp, extra lines on a designated trout lake and possessing/using live minnows on a designated trout lake. The North Shore State Trail and other Cook County area snowmobile trails were hit hard by riders. Compliance was strong, but a few riders went home with citations for expired registration and altered exhaust violations. Cross Country Ski Pass compliance is still a struggle, and a few skiers were cited after they admitted that although they saw multiple signs on the trail stating they needed ski passes, they decided to go ahead and ski without a pass. He attended a snowmobile safety class with about 40 area sixth-graders. A big shout-out to the trail groomers and snowmobile safety instructors for putting their time in to help everyone enjoy their time out on the trails.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the shores of Lake Superior in the Duluth and Two Harbors areas. Early morning catches of coho salmon were seen. He worked snowmobile enforcement along the North Shore State Trail. Registration and muffler violations were most common. Trail conditions remain good.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked shore anglers and boats out trolling on Lake Superior. When the wind cooperates, anglers have had a decent salmon, rainbow, and lake trout bite. He worked snowmobiles inland, with common complaints and repeated violations of loud exhaust. Riders who modify their sled’s exhaust system to be louder than stock can expect a citation when checked. He took enforcement action for angling and snowmobile violations.