DNR Report: May 30
District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports that summer weather arrived in Ely just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. Lakes and rivers were crowded with motorboats and canoes with the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Aquatic invasive species were the focus for most of the weekend, and a high compliance rate was observed. Violations included failure to remove boat plug, possession of aluminum cans inside the BWCA and operating an ATV on a county roadway.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen and aquatic invasive species throughout the weekend. Fishing has slowed down considerably, but there was still some good success in places. The gnats have hatched and are terrible at times. Water levels remain high so those in boats around the current area should use extreme caution and take no risks.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked a joint enforcement effort with the Ontario officers along the Canadian border. Fagerman also monitored the fish sanctuary on the Sea Gull River and did a remote ATV patrol, checking designated trout lakes and ATV routes. Enforcement action was taken for boating and fishing violations.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a busy holiday weekend which included work details with CO Wahlstrom in St. Louis County, and at Cook County boat accesses enforcing aquatic invasive species, boating and angling laws. The officers also responded to a report of a possible pipe bomb near a popular steelhead angling river. The caller handled and moved the device to a location closer to the state highway, presumably to make it easier for officers to find. Fortunately, it did not detonate and local deputies were able to remove the device without injury to responding officers or the public. Manning also worked trespass and litter cases and patrolled area parks and campgrounds.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked anglers and boaters in and out of the BWCA over a busy Memorial Day weekend. Many rails were observed in the area and the grouse seemed to have fared well over the long winter. A leech trap case was worked with resulting violations including untagged traps, trapping without an angling license and driving after suspension. Other enforcement action included aquatic invasive species, boating safety, and ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers, boaters and ATV riders who were all out enjoying the nice, busy holiday weekend. Some nice lakers were seen in the bag out on Lake Superior, with few fish caught inland. The officer taught handgun and rifle tactics and operation to the new officers at the academy. An aquatic invasive species detail was also worked. Officers Wahlstrom and Manning assisted the county with a bomb call along the Flute Reed River.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a border waters enforcement patrol with CO Fagerman and a Canadian officer. Many contacts were made and enforcement action was taken for over- limits of fish, no life jackets, and various license violations. Officers observed one very excited angler reel in a walleye weighing over 12 pounds.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeant Keith Olson (Marine Unit) attended a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard station. The pleasant weather had many hitting area lakes and North Shore streams. Trout fishing on the North Shore streams was spotty this last week. Smelting is still underway. The Duluth end of Lake Superior remains ice covered, hampering smelting on Park Point. The public is reminded to make sure their boats have the correct size and number of lifejackets. The water temps remain brutally cold.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior and inland lakes. A large area of pack ice is keeping the Duluth area of Lake Superior quite cold and tough to fish. Inland anglers are finding a little better luck as nice weather warms the lakes. Assistance was given with drown-proofing class at the ongoingconservation officer academy. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) assisted in instructing a drown- proofing class to the DNR conservation officer academy. He also continued to check smelters and for illegal netting on rivers.