District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) attended training sessions including use of force training and armoring sessions. Many anglers were out in the nice weather and the ice conditions are improving. Several questions were received regarding the fishing season closing dates and ice shack registrations.

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) checked angling activity on smaller lakes in the area, checked snowmobile trails and assisted with Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. A few panfish are being caught but in general fishing has been pretty slow. Snowmobile trails remain in poor condition due to warmer weather and no snow. Trapping investigation also continued. Enforcement action was taken for fishing license violations, unattended lines and snowmobile registration violations.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers in the area. Training was also attended at Camp Ripley. A tip was received and investigated that resulted in a citation issued for wanton waste of eelpout. Enforcement action was also taken for extra lines, unattended lines, and no license in possession.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV, and snowmobiling activity. Ice conditions continue to vary from lake to lake. Anglers report poor success. Snowmobile trails are in poor condition and in need of fresh snow. Enforcement action included angling with extra lines, no angling license in possession, possess small amount of marijuana, and possess drug paraphernalia.

CO Colleen Adam (Rec Specialist) attended the annual meeting and training session. Worked on equipment inventory and online training requirements. The weekend started with unseasonably warm weather causing even more trail deterioration followed up on Sunday with cold blizzard like conditions.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked snowmobilers and anglers. Officer Hunter assisted at a structure fire. CO Hunter received a call of litter left on a lake and a party was reported to be blocking a snowmobile trail.