DNR Report: Feb. 14
Two Harbors area
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 Unit
Conservation 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.