Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity and ATV activity.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, trapping and fish-run activity during the past week. Many people were out enjoying the warm weekend weather. He took enforcement action for camping in closed areas and licensing violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled forest roads and trails and checked lakes and rivers. Stretches of some forest roads still have snow, making travel difficult even by ATV. Travelers are urged to use caution when traveling these as some frost boils can easily sink a car or truck. Lake conditions are looking better for the opener, although the cold snap may slow the melt.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the past week focusing on trapping and ATV activity. The lakes in the Ely area are almost completely ice-free thanks to windy and warm conditions. Violations included angling with no license in possession, fishing in a closed spawning area and untagged traps.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking traps and ATV activity and monitoring the spring fish run. He checked trout anglers along North Shore tributaries. He assisted the sheriff’s office with calls and met with trappers about incidental takes.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of ATV, trapping and fish-run enforcement activities. Lots of people are out enjoying the outdoors. He took enforcement action for an untagged trap, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, numerous ATV- and OHM-registration and operation violations including an ATV DWI arrest, camping at a public access and no state park vehicle permits.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports another busy week of fishing enforcement on the tributaries. Hill contacted multiple people in violation of the no-camping and no-campfire order issued by the U.S. Forest Service. They were also in possession of marijuana. A few ATVs were seen, and compliance was great. The spring fish run is starting to pick up.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked Lake Superior tributaries during the day checking anglers and by nights checking smelters. He also worked surveillance details. District 8 officers teamed up during night work to catch several groups netting and taking steelhead illegally, resulting in numerous charges. He fielded multiple questions on angling and boating safety topics in anticipation of opening weekend.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) monitored smelt harvest, river anglers and overnight fish-run activity in fish sanctuaries. ATV traffic was heavy during the nice weekend weather. He took enforcement action for angling, netting and ATV violations.