DNR Report: March 21
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely) reports that warmer weather and melting snow have opened sinkholes on several area lakes in the past week, making it difficult to navigate in some places. Trout fishing continues to be fair to good with most anglers having something to show for their efforts. Violations included operating an ATV on a county highway.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) spent time working the lakes and trails. The lakes are much better than they were and almost all of the fish houses were off the ice before the deadline. The weather has been getting better and the snow is starting to get a crust for the first time all winter. This is the time of year that even small dogs can and will chase deer. The deer are in bad shape and don’t need any more stress from family dogs that aren’t attended by their owners. For this reason, the public is reminded to please keep track of dogs as we ease into spring.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) was on snowmobile and snowshoes this week to check remote lakes and areas. He checked snowmobilers and anglers in and out of the BWCA. Violations for snowmobile and fishing were encountered. Assistance was given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails; registration compliance was very good. The officer also checked area lakes, attended a district meeting and training, and answered questions regarding big game and wolf hunting.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reported a busy weekend of snowmobile activity. Trails were a little hard and icy but otherwise holding up well. Training and meetings were attended early in the week. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile speed, registration violations, no state trail sticker, failure to transfer ownership, and fishing without a license. Most anglers seemed aware that fishing licenses expired at the end of February this year.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked a snowmobile detail on area trails. Trails are in great shape and snowmobile registration compliance was excellent. There were a lot of snowmobilers out enjoying the nice weather. Wahlstrom attended a district meeting and trained officers on patrol rifle maintenance.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement activity along the North Shore. Lake Superior anglers are still enjoying trout and salmon fishing on rare ice formations on the big lake. To help keep our lakes clean, ice shelter owners are reminded to take all wood blocking and other debris with them upon removing their shelters for the season.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Marine Unit) reports that anglers continue to venture out on the ice on Lake Superior in the Duluth area. Some catches of lake trout, herring and salmon have been seen. Local snowmobile trails are still getting plenty of traffic. Fish house removal is looking good on inland lakes.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and snowmobile riders. Questions were answered about open-water angling regulations on Superior. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, people are starting to think about trolling again. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior, checked on ice shelter removal on area lakes and followed up on bear guide issues.