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DNR report: July 30

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fishing Two Harbors, 55616

Two Harbors Minnesota 109 Waterfront Dr. 55616

Reports filed Sunday from area conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) worked ATV activity in the Two Harbors and Silver Bay stations. Wild rice was checked at several area lakes. The rice, while not yet ripe, is showing promise of a good crop. Anglers were checked on Lake Superior, where the success rate has slowed over the past week. Numerous reports of wolf pups hanging around a rural county road have been taken. Enforcement action was taken this week for unregistered ATV, allowing illegal operation of ATV by a juvenile, and juvenile without helmet on ATV.

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Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued to work fishing and boating enforcement around the area. Several calls were returned and a few requiring follow-up investigations. Boaters were checked at local accesses and invasive species information was given out. Complaints of people keeping undersized rainbow trout were investigated. Several steelheads are being caught on Lake Superior with some fisherman misidentifying them for Coho salmon.

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Randy Hanzal (Duluth West) reported many wildlife calls were received this week, everything from injured fawns to report of a charging bear. The officer also assisted research biologists recover a sick moose so it could be transported to the University of Minnesota for study to determine the cause of its illness. Burning of prohibited material, burning without a permit, allowing illegal operation of ATV by a minor, underage consumption of alcohol, and several boating violations were encountered throughout the week.

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Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast) worked with local government units on several new wetland violations in the Duluth area. Spent the weekend checking boaters and anglers on area lakes and Lake Superior for invasive issues and fishing activity. The walleyes were biting very good and anglers were still catching Coho and Lake trout in Lake Superior. Enforcement action was taken for not removing their drain plug from boats when transporting them down public roads and for transporting aquatic vegetation on boats. Anglers and boaters are reminded that they are required to remove the drain plug from their boats when leaving any waters in the state of Minnesota and to keep the drain plug out of the boat while transporting their boat on public roads.

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Matt Miller (Lake Superior Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Fish identification continues to be an issue for anglers. The fishing synopsis book gives valid indicators to discern a steelhead from different species of salmon; a lesson again learned the hard way for an angler near Two Harbors. Commercial fishing issues were discussed with fisheries office personnel, and work plans were discussed with the U.S. Coast Guard for a work detail during the Duluth Tall Ships event.

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John Velsvaag (Ely) responded to several ATV complaints and checked area anglers this past week. Received animal nuisance calls and questions about recreational vehicle use.

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Mary Manning (Hovland) answered many questions about the Horseshoe Bay dock, which is still under construction and officially closed.

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