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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jun 13, 2022 01:39PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources • June 13, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports he patrolled areas within the BWCA over the week. He found some campsites half submerged and portages that resembled narrow rivers due to continued spring flooding in the Lac La Croix area. Angling success was good and the reduction in permits at the Moose River North entry point was noticeable with a number of groups found on lakes being much lower. Violations included angling without a license in possession and failure to display current registration.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers this past week. Fishing was pretty good and the more stable weather seemed to help anglers getting fish. Velsvaag also attended training in Bemidji and took several calls about bears.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area lakes and accesses. Manning also attended training, handled equipment maintenance and took a call regarding concerns over commercial netting of fish. She also took a report of a bear refusing to leave a meal at a bird feeder, which is normal bear behavior this early in the season.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) attended training in Bemidji. Twenty youths were certified in ATV safety in Babbitt. Thanks to the volunteers for their assistance. Time was spent patrolling in the BWCAW. The fish were biting pretty well, as were the bugs. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, no PFD, expired canoe registration, failure to transfer watercraft ownership, cans in the BWCAW, and burning prohibited materials.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports anglers and boaters were dodging an onslaught mosquitos and blackflies throughout the week. Walleye success was not the best, but muskies were hungry on Crescent Lake. A citation was issued after Hill found an unattended campfire. With high fire danger once again, it is important people are more careful with their fires. Other violations addressed were failure to display watercraft registration, failure to transfer watercraft title, and failure to remove a boat plug. Hill attended a Cook County Coalition of Lake Associations meeting at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

CO Don Murray (Two harbors) worked boating and ATV activity during the week. Several ATV trails are still closed in the area from water washouts and trail repairs. Murray responded with Lake County deputies to an overdue-canoeist call in the BWCAW. The person was located safely on an area portage on their way back to a parking area.

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