District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a meeting in Red Lake Falls to discuss wetland sites with the local LGU and BWSR. Time was also spent working a busy holiday weekend. Many boater and angler contacts were made throughout the weekend. ATV operators were also checked. A complaint of an illegal party was worked that occurred in an area WMA. An AIS detail was worked with a neighboring officer.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted individuals with ATV certification. He also monitored angling, boating and AIS activity. Complaints were received regarding leeching activity and wild animals. He also investigated and confirmed a grey wolf depredation.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and ATVers over Memorial Day weekend. He was also prepared to testify for a deer baiting case and took report of dead eagle.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Anglers are starting to pick up pan fish in the shallows while the walleye bite remains sporadic. The excellent weather over the Memorial Day holiday weekend brought out several people and lakes were busy. Boaters are reminded to check for safety equipment before going out onto the water. CO Vollbrecht and CO Holt worked a detail near Bemidji checking for AIS compliance on watercraft equipment. Overall compliance was good. Time was spent meeting with the Clearwater County Attorney to discuss an ongoing case from the 2014 deer season. A summer intern rode with for a day to see what the duties of a Conservation Officer are and to learn more about the career.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling and ATV enforcement during the week and during the busy Memorial Day weekend. Time was also spent monitoring AIS compliance in the Bemidji area and Itasca State Park. Complaints were received regarding nuisance bears and a TIP call was investigated. Enforcement activity for the week included boat and water safety and ATV violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports investigating a TIP of an angler that was making multiple trips a day to a local lake. After observing the anglers for several trips, CO Vinton and CO Forsberg contacted him and he was cited for a double limit of northern pike in a single day. Enforcement action was also taking for blocking a public water access, OHM operation and registration violations, ATV on a county highway and no angling license in possession.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked AIS enforcement, anglers, boaters and commercial minnow dealers. The lakes were busy with crappie action being up but the walleye action is still mostly slow. Boat and angler compliance was good.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a busy Memorial Day weekend with may boaters and fisherman out. Time was spent checking fishermen, working shoreline issues, an AIS detail, and assisting the Perham officer with an over limit complaint.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. Areas were patrolled for OHV activity. CO Warren assisted with an AIS detail near Baudette and an AIS detail in the Detroit lakes area. Complaints of rough fish being dumped at multiple areas including public accesses, a deceased loon, and a loon with fishing line possibly wrapped around its? beak were received. CO Warren also completed online departmental training.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling activity, fire activity, boat and water safety, and AIS compliance in the Becker and Clay county area. Anglers are seeing a few more fish in the boat as water temps are nearing 60 degrees. Bow fishermen appear to be having good luck; however, the officer advises bow fishermen that it is illegal to dump their fish at the public accesses or any other public area. The officer responded to a report of a dead swan near a turkey producer south of Hawley. The bird was collected for examination and it appears there was no foul play involved. An AIS detail was worked with several neighboring officers leading into the long weekend and overall compliance was good. Several other wildlife calls from the public were handled including concerns for the moose near Hawley, nuisance beaver, and possession of an eagle feather. Enforcement actions for the week included fail to remove drain plug before transporting watercraft, no throwable cushion, and no fire extinguisher.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on fishing activity. Time was spent conducting site visits on WCA and PW violations. An AIS workcrew was attended and worked with CO Landmark. An AIS check point was worked near Baudette. An APO meeting was attended in Fergus Falls. Several WCA cases were closed out.