District 3 - Fergus Falls area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received several questions regarding fish house removal. CO Richards concentrated enforcement efforts on monitoring and documenting shelters still present on area lakes. Cold continues to keep angler numbers on the low side.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) monitored fish house removal this past week with most houses being removed prior to the deadline. Additional time was spent checking fishermen, snowmobilers, ATV operators, and predator hunters. CO Baumbarger also provided assistance to the Douglas Co. Sherriff?s Department.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports that Lake Osakis continues to receive record levels of fishing pressure. Several more citations were issued for crappie over-limit violations with more remaining under investigation. There were also two separate incidents of anglers catching and keeping walleye during the closed season. The smoking of marijuana continues to be a popular fish house activity with one angler caught with it in his fish house twice in less than a month. The remaining fish houses on area lakes have been inventoried for the upcoming removal deadline. Several litter complaints involving fish houses are under investigation. CO Johanson would like to thank all of the fish house owners that planned ahead and were successful in removing their shacks before the deadline. Additional time was spent working snowmobile enforcement and patrolling for predator hunting activity. CO Johanson assisted local law enforcement agencies with several serious calls this past week including an officer involved shooting in Douglas County and a domestic incident involving firearms in Todd County.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused law enforcement efforts on predator hunters, ice fishing activity and commercial minnow harvest operations. CO Anderson found fishing activity dropping off with the fish house removal deadline. CO Anderson checked the vacant Traverse County station for fishing activity and fish house removal from the border waters. CO Anderson spent time setting up the Stevens County safety instructor appreciation banquet to be held in March in Morris. CO Anderson also spent time setting up for the upcoming firearms safety class to be held in Morris. The Morris safety class will be being on April 24. Students need to present the voucher from completing the online firearms safety course to attend the class. CO Anderson fielded calls from the public on predator hunting complaints, angling license expiration questions and fish house removal questions.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked angling and snowmobile enforcement throughout the week. She also checked area coyote hunters. Fish houses are vastly disappearing from area lakes and anglers are reminded to take all garbage with them.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, snowmobilers, predator hunters and fish removal progress throughout the week. Numerous fish houses were still on lakes. Snowmobiling activity has diminished and the trails are pretty beat up. Some more snow is needed for the trails in the area.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked anglers and monitored fish house removal on area lakes. He also patrolled for predator hunting activity. CO Nelson worked with volunteer instructors on youth FAS and SS classes.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) continued to follow up on area lakes regarding the ice house removal date with several houses still out. Fishing pressure was thin due to extremely cold temperatures and wind chills. CO Lawler worked station lakes and Lake Osakis with CO Johanson where several citations were issued for fishing violations. An event at Jefferson High School was attended and questions about careers in the DNR were answered. Additionally, CO Lawler continued to coordinate an upcoming FAS class in Alexandria.
Wheaton - vacant.