District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2016-05-17

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted at the CO academy with the new recruits and followed up on several TIP calls. Fishing opener was very slow with the high winds and cold temps, keeping a lot of anglers off the waters. Enforcement action was taken for minor AIS and licensing violations.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and rivers. He investigated damage to property on his WMA. He interviewed suspects and issued summons for damage to WMA property. He took a number of bear complaints. He wants everyone to know that the only reason that any animal visits a person?s yard and property is for food. He wants everyone to clean up garbage and put away birdfeeders, if you do not want bears or other animals in your backyard. He did a fur presentation at Ney Park to over 300, 5th and 6th graders.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers, ATVs, and turkey hunters. Violations were found for no angling license and no PFDs. AIS enforcement was done at local public access.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) assisted at Camp Ripley with spring firearms training. Time was spent in the boat checking anglers. Follow-up investigations were conducted on a couple prohibited materials fires. Enforcement action was taken on Off Highway Motorcycle on public highway, burning of prohibited materials, no license in possession and no throw-able flotation device.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) reports a busy fishing opener with a lot of anglers, but poor fishing on the majority of lakes. Enforcement action was taken on no PFD, license, watercraft registration and bass out of season violations. Calls were taken on nuisance and baby animals, dogs chasing deer, and ATV?s doing damage.

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked fishing and boating activity on opening weekend. Many anglers fought windy conditions more than they fought walleyes on the end of their fishing poles. Anglers seem to have the most success on South Center Lake. A 7-year- old boy caught two walleyes greater than 20 inches on Green Lake, while the two adults in the boat were skunked. Enforcement action was taken on fishing without a license, fishing with extra lines, illegal length walleye, largemouth bass catch and release violation, numerous boat safety and AIS violations.

Princeton - vacant.