District 6 - Two Harbors area
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reported that rainy weather early in the week slowed down angling activity in the Ely area. However, those who dodged occasional rain showers did report some luck with bass, sunfish and crappies. Violations included angling without a license, angling with extra lines, and walleye possession over-limit.
Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) reported time was spent working fishing and boating enforcement. Recently there seems to be the misunderstanding by a surprising number of people that the fish possession limit is twice the daily limit. This is not the case and no matter what, the daily and possession limit for walleyes is only six. That means never more than six walleye per person, whether they are back in the cabin freezer, at home, in the cooler, or about to be dinner.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reported a busy week of angling enforcement. A trespass complaint was taken and is under investigation. Bermel went through evidence in preparation for disposal and through old tickets finding several with current arrest warrants. Enforcement action for the week included angling with extra lines, wanton waste on several individuals for waste of perch and no license in possession.
Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on inland lakes, Lake Superior and in the BWCAW. Walleyes are cooperating with anglers on inland lakes with many limits seen in the bag. ATV complaints were handled with multiple violations occurring. Nuisance bear complaints are rolling in. People are reminded not to leave trash/bird feeders or any other food outside. The majority of the complaints have had trash left out for the bears to get into.
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and boaters on inland lakes. Manning patrolled BWCAW lakes with Conservation Officer Mueller and found very good compliance. Equipment maintenance was also performed.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sergeatn Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on inland lakes around Duluth, assisted Duluth Police Department with a warrant arrest in Canal Park, fielded calls on deer fawns in the city of Duluth and checked an angler fishing from a float plane on Island Lake.
Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. An ATV detail was worked in the Hill City area to coincide with a large ATV event at Quadna Mountain. Wet weather created fun trail conditions for the attendees, many of whom came from out of state. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.
Conservation Officer Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) responded to assist on a reported boating accident on Lake Superior. He checked anglers, boaters, and aquatic invasive species regulations.