District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) continues to primarily work ice fishing activity. Shelters, anglers, and spear fishermen were checked throughout the week. Most have reported poor fishing success. Fishermen are reminded that the game fish season has concluded for the area and shelter removal deadline is March 2. Richards hosted a small snowmobile safety class in Underwood with just enough snow to get the riding portion in. Violations addressed were illegal length fish, angle with extra lines, and shelter issues.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent the week checking fishermen on area lakes. Several ice houses have been removed from area lakes already. Several violations for fishing with extra lines were encountered this week. ATV classes have been scheduled for the spring.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen and shelters throughout the week. Additional time was spent checking predator hunters and a few snowmobilers. DWI refresher training was attended in Detroit Lakes. Time was spent working the vacant Wheaton station and a workcrew in Elbow Lake with CO Baumbarger.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended DWI refresher training in Detroit Lakes at the State Patrol Office. Several questions about fish house removal and game fish season closure were answered. TIP activity books were delivered to an area member of the Darkhouse Association for a banquet. Fish houses were marked that may be left on the ice after the deadline.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) attended training and a meeting in Detroit Lakes. Ice fishermen were also worked over the Holiday weekend, but little activity was observed. Panfish continue to be targeted as the walleye season is coming to a close. Inventory on current icehouses still on the ice is being taken, with trash and no shelter ID being noted as the removal deadline nears. Enforcement action was taken on an individual fishing without a license and a trapping case is still under investigation.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work fishing enforcement and inventory waterways for litter and shelter concerns. Predator hunting, trapping, small game, ATV, and snowmobile activity were monitored. Work was completed on ongoing investigations and enforcement related meetings and training were attended during the week. Calls for service regarding injured and car killed deer were responded to and assistance was provided to local law enforcement agencies.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on predator hunters, ice anglers and snowmobile activity. A complaint was received about a large area of open water appearing on Lake Traverse in the vacant Wheaton station. DWI refresher training was attended as well as conducting aeration inspections on area lakes. Calls were fielded from the public regarding a trapping/trespass complaint, firearms safety classes, fish house removal deadline and predator hunting questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports fishing success around the area has slowed some and the number of fish houses on area lakes has diminished. Several fish houses around the area were broken into lately. Please call the Pope County Sheriff?s Office if you have any information. Enforcement efforts for the week included checking snowmobile operators, predator hunters, and fishermen. Baumbarger participated in a workcrew in the Elbow Lake area, and attended DWI refresher training in Detroit Lakes.

Wheaton - vacant.