District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity as a fresh coat of snow turned into spring conditions as the week went by. Snowmobiles were worked for speed and registration. The nice weekend also brought out some small game hunters.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked anglers on Mille Lacs Lake. One angler was filleting an illegal length walleye when checked. The angler looked at the CO and stated, ?Well, this is awkward.? Enforcement action was taken. A work detail in Ely was attended for a snowmobile event. Other enforcement included excess speed on a snowmobile, angling with extra lines and operating a snowmobile without registration.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working anglers on Mille Lacs Lake and other smaller lakes. Anglers were out in force with the nice weather and lots of fish were seen. The Officer monitored snowmobile activity throughout the Malmo station and on area lakes. Lots of fishing, ATV, snowmobile and dark house spearing related questions were answered throughout the week and weekend. Assistance was given to another Officer regarding a littering case and time was spent monitoring area state forests. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing, snowmobile, and ATV related violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a timber theft complaint. Speldrich, along with a Pine County deputy, interviewed the suspect who admitted to cutting trees for firewood on state property without a permit. The suspect was then arrested on an outstanding Pine County warrant. Speldrich checked anglers on area lakes and saw a few limits of crappie. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession. She also worked snowmobile trails and answered questions regarding collector snowmobiles and trout fishing.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing activities and found extra lines, unattended lines, and no license violations. Snowmobiles were out and about with warmer weather creating havoc on the trails. Fish house issues were addressed, along with ATV violations. CO Starr also made plans with a local sheriff?s department for upcoming training and met with Mille Lacs Band DNR on work plans.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) patrolled area snowmobile trails that eventually turned to very poor condition after end of the week warm weather melted much of the snow. Enforcement activity on the trails included citations for excessive speed, failing to stop at cross roads and trespassing on private land. Several snowmobilers had to be reminded that farmers? fields do not have to be posted and driving on them without permission is trespassing. While approaching a spear house with intentions to check licenses of the occupants inside, a 10-year-old youngster came barging out the door screaming and hollering and ran around the spear house. The dad also followed out the door in a hurry, soon to be followed by a muskrat that had just came up through the spear hole and into the spear shack.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week checking anglers around the Pine City area. He spent time checking state forest areas, and also public accesses for activity as well. Phone calls taken include questions about snowmobile trail conditions, ice conditions, and nuisance animals. He also answered questions about trapping and snowmobile registration. Warm weather has not helped ice conditions in the area. Some people are still driving out, but many more ATVs were seen out on the lakes over the weekend.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) focused on angling and snowmobile activity. Crappie and sunfish still remain steady on smaller lakes. An increase in perch activity was noticed on Mille Lacs with most people reporting catching multiple smaller walleye. Enforcement action was taken on fishing and ATV violations.