DNR report: Jan. 8Weekly reports from Minnesota DNR conservation officers filed Sunday.
Weekly reports from Minnesota DNR conservation officers filed Sunday:
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked local lakes for fishing activity and slush conditions. Some lakes were in better condition than others but the snow of Christmas week still made for some rough going. New Year’s was spent with a few other officers working the BWCA lake trout opener. Even though the morning temps were pushing minus-30 degrees, many fishermen were not deterred from trekking into remote lakes to try for lakers. Success rates for trout varied, but everyone agreed that it was cold. Enforcement action was taken for failing to display snowmobile registration and angling license not in possession.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports despite the recent cold weather anglers are still struggling with slush on local lakes which is making travel very difficult. Many wildlife calls are being received from people who are concerned about injured deer and dogs chasing deer. No current registration, fail to display and expired trail stickers are the most common violations encountered. Area snowmobile trails are in good condition.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement around the Duluth area. The recent heavy snow has caused access problems for fishermen. Snowmobile traffic has been heavy. Officer Duncan assisted in a BWCA winter trout fishing enforcement detail along the Gunflint Trail.
Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore in the Duluth area. Local snowmobile trails have been groomed and getting plenty of traffic. Olson worked the Lake Trout opener within the BWCA off the Gunflint trail.