District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports anglers were out chasing panfish with the recent warm weather. Success varied between lakes and anglers. Pike continue to be taken by spear fishing and questions were answered about the proposed new limits. Violations were addressed related to angling and shelters.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked fishing enforcement throughout the week. Snow has depleted through the area with warm temperatures and rain. Plautz checked coyote hunters during the week as well. Fishing activity has picked up in this area due to warmer temperatures and the panfish seem to have started biting on several lakes.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) handled a trespass call in the Fergus Falls station. Additional time was spent working on an illegal deer case and checking fishermen, fish shelters, ATVs and snowmobilers.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, fish shelters, ATVs and snowmobiles. Ice fishing complaints were investigated on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered snowmobiles, unregistered ATVs, no identification on fish shelters, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and fishing with extra lines.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked ice fishing activity this past week as scores of people were out enjoying the warm weather. It was a slower bite overall but several illegal cases were made including possessing marijuana, extra lines, overlimit and unattended lines. An overlimit case was made when two anglers had more than their limit of sunfish. One of them said his father had just left the lake not feeling well explaining the extra fish, but a quick phone call to the father dispelled that excuse as he had been at work all morning. Another angler had over his limit of crappie while fishing without a license. An upcoming FAS class was set up for February.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work fishing, ATV, and snowmobile enforcement throughout the station. Follow up investigation was completed on deer season cases. Predator hunting activity was monitored and litter complaints were received and investigated.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on predator hunting, snowmobile and ice fishing activity. Anderson participated in a work crew checking ice fishermen on Lake Minnewaska. Anglers report fishing is slow right now. CO Anderson checked a few snowmobilers with operation issues while traveling in the road right-of-way. A complaint was responded to of illegal use of vehicles and snowmobiles to drive and chase predators as well as careless discharge of firearms in the direction of person?s ice fishing. Time was spent reviewing and issuing commercial interstate minnow transportation permits and calls from the public were fielded on about ice conditions, coyote damage complaints and illegal predator hunting activity.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports warm weather this past week has melted a lot of snow around the area. Baumbarger checked fishermen and ATV operators this past week. Additional time was spent on equipment maintenance and follow up on fishing complaints.

Wheaton - vacant.