District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen out on Mille Lacs Lake during the week. Some nice perch are still being seen and also some throw back walleyes were seen. Assistance was given to the sheriff?s office after the Officer found some stolen property at a local access. Lots of fishing, ATV, snowmobiling and wolf law related questions were answered and a car kill deer permit was issued to a party for a deer. The Officer assisted a neighboring Officer with an ice racing event and also in checking anglers who were out enjoying the nice weather. A TIP on some deer carcasses that were dumped and also some suspicious activity on some state land were investigated during the week. ATV and snowmobile activity was also monitored on area lakes during the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for various fishing violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received a call of a black bear acting aggressively and entered the caller?s attached garage. The bear ended up being dispatched. Speldrich worked with two north metro CO?s checking area lakes. Approximately 150 fish houses were checked. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, no angling licenses, no angling license in possession and no shelter IDs. The Carlos Avery WMA was also patrolled for after hour use. Speldrich received calls regarding injured fox and nuisance wolf.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) took care of some equipment issues and administrative items. Paperwork for an accidentally trapped bobcat was completed. Fishermen were out with the warmer weather, with some pike on Mille Lacs still showing up. Enforcement action was taken for spearing without a license and no license on a fish house. A dead deer discovery was also investigated.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found a large increase in fishing pressure during the week. Ice anglers were out in force taking advantage of the warm, thawing temperatures. Despite the nice weather, most anglers said they really struggled to find fish that would bite. The increase in lake activity unfortunately brought with it an increase in garbage being left behind. Many hours were spent patrolling, watching for littering violations and reminding anglers to clean things up before leaving the ice.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) checked anglers, state forest activity, and spent time checking littering complaints. He finished up reports, spent time answering questions about snowmobile and trapping laws. CO Wynn continues to monitor local accesses and ice shelter areas for littering issues. Warmer weather over the weekend found many people on the ice chasing mostly panfish in the Pine City area.

WREO Rob Haberman attended the Minneapolis Boat Show over the week. He answered many question about AIS laws and the AIS trailer sticker. WREO Haberman also assisted officers with the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Contest. More than three vehicles broke through the ice near pressure ridges on Gull Lake that day. Ice conditions are good, but channels and ice ridges should be crossed with extreme caution.