Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and some boating activity this past week. Colder weather slowed the fish run by the end of the week. He also spent time on extra patrols through state parks.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) continued to monitor state parks and other state recreation areas for activity. A high number of visitors were observed over the weekend visiting open areas. Murray also worked stream angling activity and took a report of an illegally killed gray wolf in the Finland area. Any additional information can be reported by contacting the 24-hour TIP line at 800-652-9093.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) noticed an uptick in the number of grouse roaming the forest roads this past week. Winds made angling on the big lake challenging, and she checked anglers on the lake and in the tributaries. State park visitors were down and folks are reminded that all trails and facilities at Grand Portage State Park are currently closed.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports angling activity slowed again as ice conditions continued to worsen. Most lakes are showing signs of the ice beginning to recede, especially on the northern shores, and although over a foot of ice is present on some lakes, the quality reported is very poor. ATV activity has begun to increase, although the weather overall has been cool.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time patrolling state parks, DNR buildings and recreational areas. Tourists are still making trips from the metro to the North Shore state parks despite the Stay at Home order. He monitored ATV activity and worked on station equipment.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily ATV and angling enforcement, including ATV complaint areas. Overall activity was quieter this past week, with a huge decrease in angling pressure due to deteriorating ice conditions, particularly at landings and shorelines. He took enforcement action for ATV operation and registration violations, no state park vehicle permits and a traffic violation.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports contacting many state park-goers throughout the week. Vehicle pass compliance was very poor, and he made multiple enforcement contacts. Dozens of cars made U-turns out of the park when they observed Hill at the front gate, thus avoiding paying the state park fee. A reminder: vehicle passes purchased at state parks go to fund a host of beneficial DNR-related activities. He also contacted anglers trying their luck at various tributaries up and down the shore. The elusive steelhead definitely lived up to their name this past week. He took enforcement action for illegal tackle, no angling license and no trout stamp. Hill also tended to boat maintenance as the open-water season is right around the corner.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports a busy weekend along the North Shore rivers and boat landings. Water temperatures remain low and rivers fast-moving. Many steelhead anglers were hitting the rivers over the week. He spent time checking river and boat anglers along the North Shore in the Two Harbors and Duluth waters. He also spent time working in Jay Cooke State Park during the evening hours checking on users. He took enforcement action for park violations and angling violations.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers in the tributaries and trolling on Lake Superior. Fish are starting to enter rivers on warmer days. Some nice lake trout are being found in 150 to 170 feet of water. He took enforcement action for angling violations.