District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Rainy River and in Four Mile Bay. Walleye angling success for the last couple days of the season were slow to fair. Multiple extra line and over limit violations were encountered. Other time was spent assisting local fire departments and DNR Forestry with traffic and evacuations related to a large fire in Beltrami Island State Forest. An investigation of the fire?s origin is ongoing.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked boat and water safety, AIS, angling and fire enforcement. Day by day the ice on Lake of the Woods becomes less and less. Anglers have been having some luck with pike in Warroad and sturgeon in Baudette at the mouths of the rivers. Calls for service mainly pertained to grass and forest fires. CO Benjamin responded to several fires, one that was ignited when some individuals shot at a deer decoy that they had placed some tannerite (a binary explosive) in. The mixture of tall dry grass, warm weather and high winds along with the resulting explosion of the tannerite made for an instant fire that consumed several acres of land. A reminder to heed warnings from the DNR concerning Red Flag conditions. Enforcement action was taken for the following: angling without a license in possession, taking fish without a license, careless or negligent acts resulting in a fire, insufficient PFDs, no throwable legal life saving device and no/inoperable fire extinguisher.

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) worked angling, boating, and AIS activity on the Rainy River, Lake of the Woods and surrounding areas. Assistance was also given at multiple wildfire incidents, as well as with the Baudette Firearms Safety Field Day. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, angling with extra lines, over limit of walleye, and no throwable PFD.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports Rainy River angler success was mixed. Anglers had to be patient, but most were able to fill their limit. ATV activity is flourishing, and violations seemed to be as well. Make sure to double check that your registration is current before you begin your ride.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spent the week investigating and responding to unlawful burning complaints. The law and ethics portion of the Karlstad Firearms Safety Class was taught. CO Woinarowicz monitored the wild turkey opener and patrolled for ATV violations. Enforcement action for the week included burn without permit, burn prohibited materials, negligent act resulting in fire, fail to report wild fire, ATV registration violations, and operate ATV with juvenile passengers without helmets.

CO Traci Hanson (Thief River Falls) responded to several fire calls, checked ATV activity, met with the Roseau County attorney and assisted with youth firearms safety classes in Middle River and Thief River Falls.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports assisting with Firearms Safety Classes for Kelliher and Blackduck, working ATV/OHM enforcement, and monitoring spring fish run activity. Worked continues on commercial inspections. Time was spent assisting DNR Forestry on fires near Gonvick and Hwy 1 east of the Red Lake Reservation. Enforcement action included ATV/OHM violations.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.