District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked anglers and shelters on area lakes. An injured animal call was taken and equipment maintenance issues were addressed. Follow up was conducted on a hunting while intoxicated case.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and trappers. Officer Hunter located a snare that had not been checked. CO Hunter assisted neighboring officers with a big game violation.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked ice anglers and noted that ice breaks are still causing safety issues. Trapping activity was monitored with mainly coyotes being taken.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on trapping, and sport fishing activity. Nothing unusual to report. Received multiple calls with questions regarding winter trout fishing. Two vehicles broke through pressure ridges on Leech Lake in a 14 hour time span, luckily no one was injured.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) continued working ice anglers on area lakes. Winter trout fishermen were catching some nice fish on the opening weekend. Some eager snowmobilers were checked on the ice and road ditches. ATV operators were also checked. Trapping activity was monitored. Enforcement action was taken this week for angling with extra lines and license and registration issues while operating ATVs, snowmobiles, and angling.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling and spearing activity. Angling and spearing success still remains low in the Longville area lakes. Snowmobilers continue to hope for snow. Ice conditions remain good, however, reports continue to come in of vehicles and ATV?s going through the ice. Anglers are reminded to exercise extreme caution when traveling on the ice.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the ice fishermen, had a truck drop front end thru ice break on Lake Alexander. Teach laws at Staples snowmobile class.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) checked ice fishing activity and ATV registrations on the lakes. Work continues on some open cases. Final interviews were conducted and other cases were closed.