DNR report: Aug. 20
Reports filed Sunday from area conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) taught at a firearms safety class in the vacant Silver Bay station. Bear complaints continue to come in. With the start of bear baiting, these complaints may lessen as bears find a meal elsewhere. A couple of ongoing investigations were brought to a close with enforcement action being taken in one case.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent a couple days working boating safety in the Duluth Harbor during Duluth's Bayfront Blues Festival. Fishing enforcement was worked on inland lake and several accesses were worked for invasive species enforcement. Opening of bear baiting started without one complaint from the public or other hunters. Also attended a youth outdoor day at a local gun club and talked with the kids and parents.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reminds bear hunters that they must purchase their license before beginning the baiting process. Patrols were conducted for boat and water safety and ATV issues.
Troy Ter Meer checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior in Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties. Still finding people keeping unclipped rainbow trout (steelhead), which is an expensive mistake. He assisted on a search for a sailboat in possible distress. He also checked boats during extra traffic associated with Bayfront Blues Festival in the Duluth Harbor. Some equipment maintenance was performed. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.
Keith Olson spent time checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Provided harbor security during the Bayfront Blues Fest. Many visitors were in town for the event. Time was spent on watercraft maintenance. The warmer weather had many people enjoying the public beaches. Just a reminder to swimmers to familiarize themselves with the colored flags posted on the beach warning of the presence of rip currents.
Matt Miller checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Operators of non-motorized watercraft continue to maintain very high violation rates regarding registration compared to other types of watercraft. Poor judgment was once again demonstrated by two kayakers who overturned on Lake Superior while paddling on a windy and wavy day. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.
Across the region
Marty Stage (Ely) found fishing to be slow in the area. Some fishermen were doing well with trout, but forgot to buy their trout stamps. Bear baiting began. Stage received complaints of wolves in the BWCAW on some campsites. Please remember that a square "throwable" seat cushion is not a legal "wearable" coast guard approved flotation device.
Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked areas for bear baiting activity and noticed little activity and no yearly complaints of baiting next to other established baits.