District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports ice angling has basically come to an end in the area. Ice conditions have become unsafe on most lakes and access to the ice has become difficult. Spring migration has been impressive with various bird species observed. Folks should prepare their watercraft and be ready for open water fishing. An incidentally caught otter was seized and spring beaver trappers were checked.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) dealt with nuisance eagles attacking cows during calving time. An eagle was reported dead hanging from a tree with nest in it. A wolf was accidentally caught in a coyote trap. Litter violations are being investigated and fishing enforcement was monitored. An incidentally caught otter was also seized.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked on burning complaints and on geese being shot during closed season. Additional time was spent handling calls on beaver depredation and ATV?s operating on public highways. Fish run activity was worked.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen on area lakes even though ice conditions have deteriorated. Access to lakes has almost been impossible lately with only a few lakes accessible. Anglers should be aware of changing ice conditions and take necessary precautions before heading out to fish. Air boat training was attended in Appleton.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked some of the last ice fishermen of the season on station lakes. Anglers seem to have better success catching panfish than they do getting onto the ice to fish. Most lakes have several feet of open water between the ice sheet and shore, making it difficult to get out. One angler was found to be in possession of an illegal length crappie on a special regulation lake. Assistance was also given to the Douglas Co Sheriff?s Office locating and removing a missing snowmobile from last December found deep in the cattails of Lake Mary.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports continuing to monitor the fishing activity, noting the ice is pulling away from shorelines fast and the best mode of transportation is walking. Additional time was spent working ATV and fire activity, teaching FAS classes, and attending meetings at Camp Ripley. Two individuals were caught operating motor vehicles in a WMA and Johanson and other officers worked on a commercial investigation in District 3.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ATVs, fishing and fire activity. Ice is going out on several medium sized lakes around the Morris area. Fish run activity has been monitored on area streams and rivers. Time was spent working illegal burning and issuing minnow transportation permits. Airboat and Ice Rescue training was attended near Appleton. Calls were fielded regarding a bobcat sighting near Wheaton and questions were answered about WMA regulations and firearms safety classes.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, and spring beaver trappers. Time was also spent monitoring fish run activity, and seizing incidentally taken otter. Baumbarger attended airboat training on Lac Qui Parle and Artichoke lakes. The training was well put together, covering day and night airboat operation, search and rescue techniques, and very realistic scenarios.

Wheaton - vacant.