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DNR Report: Jan. 17

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District 6 - Two Harbors area

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that much warmer weather arrived just in time for the weekend, opening up a lot more of the area for residents and visitors to enjoy. Snowmobile and fishing activity doubled with the temperatures and many of the trails have been worked hard. Violations included unmarked ice shelter, no license in possession, and aluminum beverage containers in the BWCA

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Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen and snowmobilers over the weekend. Lots of people were out and about and fishing was fair to good for many. The public is urged to watch out for the bad ice areas and place snowmobile registration on their sleds according to state law. Operators will be stopped if the registration is in the wrong place.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that conditions for the upcoming trout opener should be close to excellent. There are some pockets of slush, but most of it is gone due to the frigid weather. Many of the lakes have 14-18 inches of good ice. The officer checked a few snowmobilers and anglers during the week, but the overall activity has been a little slow.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled grants-in-aid and state snowmobile trails. Deep snow off-trail means that many four legged critters are using the trails to move about. A gray wolf seen by the officer was reluctant to yield the trail and take the plunge into the snow. Sled drivers are advised to watch for them and watch for other sledders. The officer also checked ski passes, area lakes and anglers.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reported that the warmer weather brought a busy weekend. Enforcement action was taken for felony fleeing on snowmobiles as well as other snowmobile, angling, and BWCA violations throughout the week. 

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent most of the week working from his patrol snowmobile. The officer monitored snowmobile trails and checked anglers on area lakes. Cross country skiers were checked, equipment maintenance was completed and trout lakes in the BWCA were monitored. 

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sergeant Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobile traffic in the Duluth area. Anglers were checked along the North Shore and on inland lakes. The milder temps over the weekend had many outdoor enthusiasts taking advantage of the break from the bitter temps.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobiles and ice anglers. Ice fishing picked up for a few days on Agate Bay in Two Harbors, where several ice houses were seen on the ice. A 60-year old local angler reported using a snow shovel to try to move some of the snow and gain access at the public launch. Salmon and lake trout were seen in the bag before much of the ice broke up with a change in the wind. Snowmobiles were worked on area trails and violations of registration, speed, trail stickers, helmets on juveniles, and transfer of title were handled. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.

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