District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2014-12-16



CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and Lake of the Woods. Some light trucks are driving out to 5 Mile Reef on Lake of the Woods. Fishing has been decent to good all over the west side of the lake. Enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line, angling without a license, and for ATVs and a snowmobile without registration.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked big/small game, ATV and angling enforcement throughout Warroad, Lake of the Woods and the Beltrami Island State Forest. Early on in the week there was quite a bit of activity on Lake of the Woods but as the weather warmed up, the activity cooled down. Anglers seemed to be having some luck in the afternoons with walleye, sauger and perch as well as with northern pike and burbot. With the recent weather fluctuation one should proceed with caution when venturing out on to the lakes. Enforcement action taken this week included tampering with a trap, failure to properly display ATV registration, illegal assist in the taking of big game and illegal operation of a Class 1 ATV on a public highway.

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) spent the week focusing on ice fishing and spearing activity on Lake of the Woods. Early in the week anglers weren?t having as much luck, but as the weekend rolled in, so did the fish. Aside from angling enforcement, time was also spent on trapping enforcement and muzzleloader deer activity. Violations included angling with an extra line, no angling license in possession, failure to register deer, and various ATV violations involving ATV registration.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) continued checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement actions were taken on angling with extra lines and possession of an illegal length walleye.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the snowmobile safety class in Warren, conducted commercial inspections, and completed equipment maintenance. A detail was worked on Lake of the Woods with CO Cowden seeing moderate angling success. Ice conditions vary greatly and anglers are reminded that they should travel only on marked trails and ice roads to stay safe. Enforcement action for the week included angle without license, angle with extra lines, unattended lines, and ATV and snowmobile registration violations.

CO Traci Hanson (Thief River Falls) checked trappers, muzzleloader deer hunters and anglers. Fishing success was moderate on Red Lake/Thief Rivers. CO Hanson taught snowmobile laws to young snowmobilers and parents in Thief River Falls. Assistance was provided to CO Huener with shining complaints and CO?s Cowden/Benjamin with anglers on Lake of the Woods.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling activity on Upper Red Lake and special regulation lakes, ATV activity and shining activity throughout the week. Time was spent on vehicle maintenance, issuing car killed deer possession permits and attending a meeting in St Paul. Assistance was given to the sheriff?s office when a truck broke through the ice on Upper Red Lake. CO Regas located the vehicle, the driver and another group of anglers after they had become disoriented by the dense fog, darkness and standing water on top of the ice and unable to find their way. CO Regas led the man and another group of anglers safely to shore. Enforcement action for the week included over length walleye, over limit of walleye, possession of unmeasurable walleye and angling without license in possession.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.