DNR Report: Feb. 14
Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that less- than- normal angling activity was observed over the week, although the report from those who were out was generally good. There was an increase in snowmobile activity in the Ely area for the Winter Festival, with hundreds of people from the region coming to see the snow sculptures at Whiteside Park. Sightings of a local resident lynx continue to trickle in from the Hidden Valley area. Most of the sightings have been brief, but a few people have been able to get photographs and video. Violations included failure to display snowmobile registration, speeding, and angling without a license in possession.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked a snowmobile detail at Voyageur’s National Park. Traffic was lighter than expected due to the cold temperatures, but there were still plenty of hardy snowmobilers on the trails. One group was riding for miles on the highway because they kept getting stuck in the snow along the road. Some of the modern snowmobiles just aren’t designed for deep snow, slush, or anything other than the trails. Sadly, the best advice to those people is to know your sled and avoid areas that will get you into trouble if it can’t operate in deep snow.Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked angling and snowmobiling activity during the week. The snowmobile trails were in excellent condition with very little use during the middle of the week. Designated trout lakes are still doing well while the laker action has been a little slow to this point. The officer assisted the Ontario Ministry of Fisheries with how our laws and regulations work with regard to photographing fish caught when it is unlawful to possess them. The officer also dealt with snowmobile and angling violations. Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers in and around the BWCA where slush has been less of a problem and fishing success has been mixed. The officer patrolled snowmobile trails and forest roads checking sleds. Manning also spoke with a group regarding traps and trapping, how to avoid traps and how to release a dog that gets caught.Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a weekend detail on Lake of the Woods with other officers. Violations encountered included walleye overlimits, extra lines, fish house violations, possession of un-measurable carcasses, filleted fish on the ice, and fishing license violations. Overall, fishing was fairly slow and compliance was fairly good. Other violations encountered throughout the week included snowmobile registration violations and failure to transfer ownership. Work was also done on a furbearer case.
Lake Superior Marine UnitConservation Officer Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers in the Duluth area and the St. Louis Bay and harbor. He also worked a snowmobile enforcement detail in Carlton County.Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked shore and ice anglers on Lake Superior. Snowmobiles were checked on trails that remain in good shape. A planning meeting was attended in St. Paul and a deer case from last fall was wrapped up with a guilty plea. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and angling violations.