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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Jul 19, 2022 06:36AM ● By Editor
District 6 • Two Harbors Area • From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • July 18, 2022

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and boaters this past week. Fishing has been slow on most lakes. Velsvaag received calls about nuisance animals and jet skis.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time working in the BWCAW checking anglers. The walleyes have slowed but the lake trout have picked up. Many anglers were happy with the abundance of smallmouth bass hitting. Enforcement action was taken for angling, watercraft and OHM violations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) handled Academy paperwork and office tasks. Manning took a call about a forest road that was flagged and closed, preventing access to a couple lakes and campgrounds. Road crews continue to make repairs but some roads are still impassable and visitors should check with local DNR Forestry or National Forest staff to confirm the status of backroads before traveling into the north woods. Manning also took calls about an injured doe, a couple nuisance bears in the BWCA, nuisance beavers and moose sightings. 

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports seeing another uptick in the walleye and rainbow trout bite throughout the week after last week's mayfly hatched slowed action. Limits of both were seen. Violations were almost nonexistent with a no license in possession documented. Hill also noticed more ATV traffic with a few stops made for a variety of violations. One operator was stopped and cited after Hill contacted them operating a class 1 ATV approximately 55 miles an hour in the lane of traffic on a state highway, without registration displayed, without ATV safety, but more seriously, they were driving with a revoked driver?s license. Time was spent at the Academy evaluating scenarios.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity this week. Anglers were having some luck catching lake trout on Lake Superior this week as light winds allowed excellent fishing conditions. Warm weather returned, increasing water recreation activities over the weekend. Please remember PFDs are required to be on board all watercraft.

Silver Bay vacant.
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