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DNR Report: Feb. 8

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District 6 - Two Harbors area

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked with fellow officers checking snowmobilers and anglers. Wicked wind chills kept many people indoors so the trails and lakes were pretty scarce of activity. Snowmobilers were encountered without proper display of current registration or trail stickers. Another snowmobiler was encountered without a snowmobile safety certificate. Some anglers were found not to have their licenses in possession.

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Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked remote trout lakes in Cook and Lake counties. The bite was slow during the cold weather. The officer also worked ski trails and snowmobile trails

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing and snowmobile activity and responded to an injured wolf call on Highway 61. With recent grooming, snowmobile and cross country ski trails were still in good shape for riding with the exception of some icy curves. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration and trail sticker violations.

Conservation Officer Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reported that he checked anglers and snowmobilers throughout the week. He took calls about illegal snowmobile operation. Enforcement action was taken for operating an unregistered snowmobile. Johnson issued a possession permit for a road kill bobcat.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt / Ely) mainly worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement. Groomers were doing a good job with what they had to work with, keeping the trails in pretty good shape. Enforcement action for the week included unattended lines, expired snowmobile and ATV registrations, unmarked fish houses, no reflectors on fish house, and no fishing license in possession. The officer checked into a complaint of someone driving over a large number of trail stakes on Burntside Lake. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIP line at 800-652-9093 or this officer.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement. Fishing has been slow and the cold weather has kept a lot of things from happening. The snowmobile trails are okay and a fair number of people are enjoying them. One fisherman left his permanent fish house out on the lake without proper ID, but the officer kept missing him at the shelter. Late one night, as the officer was heading home by snowmobile, he saw that the fisherman happened to be at the house so he went over to visit about the violation. As he approached the house, he couldn't help but observe the fisherman feverishly trying to pull up his extra line. An extra ticket was issued to cover the extra violation.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore. Snowmobile trail traffic has picked up a little in the Duluth area with the recent dusting of snow. Anglers were still fishing the Duluth -Superior Harbor.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers on a very cold North Shore weekend. Several snowmobilers were found not stopping for posted road crossings where logging trucks were hauling their loads. Attention to all signs keeps trail users safe. Ice anglers were checked and found to have limited success in the mid-winter season. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines and snowmobile violations.

Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week working on a commercial investigation, following up on a report of the illegal taking of deer, checking anglers along Lake Superior and inland lakes, and checking snowmobilers, and ATVs. Enforcement action was taken for no trout stamp, no license in possession and snowmobile violations.

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