Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2017-07-17

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) patrolled area lakes and rivers this week with several violations of angling without a license and angling with extra lines. Several nuisance beaver and muskrat calls were taken also. Follow up work was taken on waters violations.

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing activity. CO Mohs observed two males fishing from a boat with no registration. After the males noticed the CO was watching them they headed for shore. One of the males denied fishing even though he was observed making several casts with a fishing pole. The male became uncooperative and argumentative with the officer and stated he didn?t even have a fishing pole. Officers utilized a canoe and located the fishing rod the male was fishing with lying just under the surface of the water on a weed bed in the lake. The male was cited for fishing without a license and several other violations.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers during the week. Fishing success was slow. Warm water has increased boating activity along with personal watercraft use. Enforcement action was taken on transportation of water.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen and boaters on area lakes and rivers. He issued summons and written warnings for the following violations; failure to display watercraft registration, wake violations, failure to display PWC operation stickers, no life jacket on a paddle board, and no angling license in possession. A nuisance beaver permit was issued. He followed up on a dumping violation; charges pending. CO Sladek also answered a number of nuisance animal calls.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) worked boating, angling, and ATV enforcement. Violations were found for no angling license, extra lines, no PFD?s, and no watercraft registration. A complaint of ATV?s illegally operating below the OHM of a public waters was investigated and several animal complaints were handled.