Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked busy angling activity this past week. ATV activity has been busy as well, and Schottenbauer took enforcement actions for registration and closed trail violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV and fish-run activity during the week. He took enforcement action for litter, burning prohibited materials and licensing violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers along the shore of Lake Superior and its tributaries. Manning also assisted Cook County with a water-skipping complaint.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports many calls of out-of-control campfires all over the Iron Range. Extremely dry and windy conditions meant these fires spread quickly and both DNR and U.S. Forest Service crews had to act quickly to keep them from spreading. Please remember that there is a burning ban in place, which includes campfires on public lands.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking anglers along the North Shore tributaries. State parks and campgrounds were patrolled. The officer assisted the county with several calls. He took enforcement action for snowmobile and angling violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the spring fish run, ATV enforcement and sucker spearing. A group was found spearing in a closed spawning area. He took enforcement action for spearing in a closed area, taking fish by hand, taking fish without a license, burning prohibited materials and ATV violations. He responded to one wildfire call where an attempt at a campfire got away.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports the warm weather has brought both anglers and fish into the tributaries up and down the shore. This observation was highlighted by Hill witnessing a 13-year-old angler almost professionally land a nice-sized steelhead. The fish was photographed and was carefully released, almost as if the angler has been doing it for decades. Hill assisted multiple agencies in responding to a grass and structure fire in Hovland. ATVs were out in force and a few violations were addressed. A reminder to make sure machines are registered and ATV laws and ordinances are brushed up on. He completed station equipment maintenance on multiple patrol vehicles.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time checking river anglers along the North Shore by day. Rivers were monitored into the early mornings for illegal activities.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior tributaries and ATV complaints. Steelhead anglers are finding some success as water temperatures climb. He monitored the fish run at night and gave assistance to local agencies with priority calls. He took enforcement action for angling violations.