District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Multiple gray wolf depredations were investigated. Two meetings were attended at the Northwest Angle. An AIS check station was worked. Enforcement action was taken for an over limit of pike.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked boat and water safety, AIS, angling and ATV enforcement. The bite is on up on Lake of the Woods, seems to be more in the early morning but anglers are catching their limits and quite a few slot fish as well. Enforcement action was taken for the following: failure to display registration on an ATV, operating an ATV without the proper safety certification and no throwable life saving device on board a watercraft.

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) worked a busy Memorial Weekend on Lake of the Woods and surrounding areas, doing angling and boat and water safety checks. Success was varied but most boats seemed to be catching a decent amount of fish. Some were even catching and keeping too many. A Boat and Water Safety presentation was given to the Warroad 6th Graders at the Northwest Angle. Two days were also spent at Norris Camp teaching safety in the woods to Baudette 4th Graders and Warroad 1st Graders. Enforcement action was taken for possessing walleye over limit, transporting fish without patch of skin, no angling license in possession, no throwable PFD, operate ATV with passenger under 18 not wearing helmet, and no state park pass.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) taught a class on boat and water safety at the Big Bog Adventure Day at Big Bog State Park in Waskish. Various areas were worked for boating safety and also for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) enforcement. CO Prachar along with multiple other COs and watercraft inspectors staffed a watercraft inspection check station. The group had many contacts with anglers and boating enthusiasts who were transporting water related equipment that day. Some enforcement action was taken but overall compliance was good.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked on Lake of the Woods over the holiday weekend with COs Prachar and Cowden. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was good with many limits of fish checked. Anglers are reminded that possession and daily limits are the same; and keeping fish at camp and a limit on the water is unlawful. Enforcement action for the week included possess walleye over limit, angle without license, boat registration and equipment violations, fish transportation violations, and violations for transporting infested water and fail to remove drain plug from watercraft when traveling on a public roadway. Other violations included ATV operation and registration violations, and juvenile in possession of tobacco products.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend monitoring angling and boating activity on Upper Red Lake, ATV trail activities and AIS enforcement. CO Regas worked the LaserShot booth at the Big Bog Adventure Day event with 625 elementary school students attending the event. CO Regas also handled a number of nuisance bear complaints. Enforcement action for the week included over limit of walleye, angling with extra lines, unlawful party fishing, boating equipment violations, and angling license violations.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.