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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jan 11, 2022 06:16AM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - January 10, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports the brief warmer weather brought out a good deal of snowmobile and angling activity. Fishing reports from the BWCAW were fair to good, although travel was difficult due to flowing water. Violations included failure to display snowmobile registration and operating an unregistered snowmobile.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) reports snowmobile trail conditions improved but on the lake it?s a little bumpy. Fishing was slow this past week and a little slush showed up after the snow. Velsvaag took several calls on trapping and northern pike regulations. 

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking anglers on remote lakes in the BWCAW and patrolled snowmobile trails. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile violations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area lakes and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. Recent snowfall has improved trail conditions and groomers are playing catch-up. Snowfall has led to slush on many of the lakes and anglers and riders should be on the watch. Manning also handled calls on angling and a wolf in a coyote trap.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy week of winter activity. Plenty of enforcement action to report, including shelter ID and tag violations, fishing without a license, fishing with an extra line, illegal-length northern pike, expired snowmobile registration, no non-resident trail pass, loud/altered snowmobile exhaust, and marijuana/drug paraphernalia.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity during the week. He assisted volunteer instructors with a snowmobile safety class in Finland, as well as enforcing those laws in the area after the class.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports beginning a background investigation this week.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked snowmobile and angling activity this week. Area trails are freshly groomed and in good shape, bringing many riders to the area. Fishing was slow with the recent sub-zero temperatures and not many anglers were encountered. Murray also assisted volunteer instructors with a youth snowmobile safety class in the Duluth station.

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