CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked ice fishing activity as thickening ice sprouted hard- sided fish houses through the week. Minor increases in snow is not only helping sled traffic but also brought out some rabbit hunters.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked anglers on Mille Lacs Lake and found mixed angling reports. The inconsistent weather seems to have the fish confused. Some nice fish have been seen though. Snowmobile trails continue to improve as well.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked snowmobilers and ice anglers. She also received questions about youth safety classes in the area, collector snowmobile registration, and youth snowmobile operation. CO Speldrich also spent time completing a background investigation.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) worked the trout opener and found quite a few anglers out despite the 27 below zero temperature on opening morning. Some of those out on opening morning struggled with augers that wouldn?t start and propane heater lines that froze up, but most everyone still managed to catch a few trout. Fishing violations found included fishing without a license, unlicensed fishing shelters, and taking an over-limit of trout. Some snowmobiling activity was found but trails continued to be in poor condition due to lack of snow. A couple complaints of snowmobiles trespassing on agricultural property were handled and taxidermist inspections were completed.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls this week of injured deer, car hit deer, and questions about ATV operation. He spent time checking anglers and followed up on a complaint of motor vehicles operating in closed areas. Ice thickness continues to improve with most anglers reporting 14 inches in most areas around Pine City.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated a vehicle left in an area state forest for several months. The owner was contacted and arrangements were made to get it removed. Fishermen on Mille Lacs experienced a sluggish bite for the last week when the cold returned but other area lakes remained steady on pan fish. Time was also spent teaching rules and regulations to snowmobile education class.