District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a sportsmen?s banquet in Red Lake Falls. Anglers, ATV operators, and snowmobile operators were also checked. Trapping activity was monitored. Violations included angle with extra lines and no license in possession.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, trappers, predator hunting, and had a call about a dead owl. More ATVs than snowmobiles were being used. He assisted another agency and worked with officers on Red Lake.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) helped out a work crew on Red Lake. He also assisted at the Clearwater county Snowmobile Safety class and checked area lakes.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked angling activity on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht worked a detail on Leech Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish with CO Holt. Time was also spent checking anglers on Upper Red Lake. The bite continues to be good with several over limits detected.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) continued to monitor area angling activity and checked a few snowmobilers throughout the week. Time was spent working on Upper Red Lake with CO Vollbrecht. A complaint was handled regarding an injured deer. Enforcement activity for the week included angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, angling with extra lines, possess over limit of walleye, illegal length walleye, and possess drug paraphernalia/small amount of marijuana.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and shelters on the ice. Many anglers have noticed a slowdown in the bite. CO Vinton took a report from a resident that their dog was bringing home, what looked like, fresh deer parts. The leg of a deer was collected and appeared to be old enough to be from this past deer season. Another dog owner was contacted after it was reported her dog was chasing deer. She agreed to watch her Chihuahuas more closely. CO Vinton assisted a local MSP Trooper after they?d stopped a vehicle for speeding and discovered several walleye fillets without a patch of skin. Commercial bait retailers were inspected for current bait retailer?s licenses. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unmarked shelters, no licenses in possession and failure to display ATV registration.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports a slow to moderate fish bite. Continued enforcement focused on anglers and shelter licensing. Miscellaneous calls of suspicious vehicles, car kill deer and driving on snowmobile trails were handled.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen. He also tagged a road kill otter and followed up on fishing and deer season complaints.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity on area waters. Anglers reported a slow bite. ATV and snowmobile checks were performed. CO Warren monitored activity at an old timers snowmobile run/get together conducted by a local snowmobile club.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV, and snowmobile activity in the Moorhead area. Anglers are reporting a ?mid-winter? bite and fishing seems to have slowed down. The officer attended a volunteer instructor forum in Moorhead. A few thrill seeking snowmobilers were observed skipping open water and received citations for their actions. Yet again many anglers were reminded that they need to have their license in possession while angling. The officer also conducted aeration inspections on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for operating a snowmobile in a careless manner, failure to display valid snowmobile registration, angling without license in possession, and angling without a license.