District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reported that angling and snowmobiling activity were down this past weekend in spite of the warmer weather and a decent trout bite on Burntside Lake. Williams responded to a call from an Ely resident who reported that she had a wolf living in her garage. When he arrived, no animal was found but there was evidence of a canine having been in the garage; the species could not be identified. Violations included angling without a license in possession, failure to display shelter identification and operating an unregistered snowmobile.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen and snowmobiles throughout the week and found little activity with the cold temperatures. Snowmobile registrations continue to be an issue. The public is reminded to follow the law concerning sticker and number placement on snowmobiles to avoid special attention from law enforcement. Snowmobilers are also urged to slow down on the trails since there are families with young children out there trying to use the trails as well.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that the designated trout lakes gave up some nice fish during the week. The officer saw some nice splake and rainbows. The nice weather brought out lots of anglers over the weekend and the snowmobile trails were also busy. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and fishing violations.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) checked cross country ski passes on state funded ski trails. The officer also patrolled lakes, checking anglers and houses, snowmobile trails, registrations and trail permits. Snowmobile riders are reminded that trail permits are required on all out-of-state sleds and any sled with registration expiring in 2014.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports teaching a snowmobile law class to officers from local law enforcement agencies. Thanks for the cooperation amongst agencies. Administrative items and work planning were attended to and Bermel and CO Williams gave a career class presentation to law enforcement students at Vermillion Community College.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) attended tactical medicine and response to active shooter training in Chaska. The officer checked anglers on area lakes and snowmobilers along the state trail. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and angling violations.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Fish and Island lakes and worked DWI on snowmobilers over the weekend. Commercial records were reviewed.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked ice anglers on some of the frozen bays of Lake Superior. Salmon, whitefish, and a few pike are turning up in the bag. Cold temps have allowed much of the lake to freeze over, but wind continues to break up the ice on the main lake. Snowmobiles were worked on area trails, and calls of injured and car-killed deer were handled. Enforcement action taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
Conservation Officer Troy TerMeer (Marine Unit) worked snowmobile, angling and off-highway motorcycle enforcement last week. He also worked on reports, evidence, and court preparation.