District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity. A modest crappies bite was seen on a couple area lakes during the week. Warm temps brought out a few more snowmobiles but further degraded trail conditions. Follow up was also conducted on a DWI investigation. Violations for the week included angle with extra lines, angle without license in possession, unattended lines and no shelter ID.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity as well some trapping activity. The officer assisted a neighboring officer on an evening detail. The officer is noticing more anglers out with ice conditions improved but caution is still recommended with the inconsistencies in ice thickness he is seeing.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) assisted D11 with a taxidermy check. Inspection of fish houses continued which resulted in several being found without the required ID or shelter license. Minimal trail conditions exist for snowmobilers and a couple was found with registration violations. Surveillance of a group of coyote hunters was done after receiving information that the group was letting dogs onto property without permission.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports a good number of people enjoying the warmer weekend, attempting to take fish. The fish, however, were not very cooperative. A few snowmobilers were out, making the best of what snow remained after warmer temperatures and rain.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) checked anglers on the lakes and found the ice thicknesses varied greatly from 8 inches to 12 inches. A large fish house that was left on a local public access was investigated. The owner of the fish house had been out of town and his buddy had pulled the house off the lake as the ice was starting to deteriorate. CO Kuske assisted the county with locating a probation violation suspect and handled calls from anglers of what they need for proper identification on their fish houses.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) reported to the St. Cloud station after completing field training. CO Krauel checked anglers and ice conditions on area lakes. Ice conditions still vary greatly so caution is advised while travelling out onto area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no license in possession, possession of marijuana, angling with an extra line, and no ID on an ice shelter.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale Station) checked anglers. CO Mies checked sleds. CO Mies checked ATVs in Stearns and Wright counties.