District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-04-22

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) worked fishing and ATV activity. Many forest roads are closed right now due to poor road conditions and will open up again when they dry out. Fire danger is high and burning restrictions for Hubbard County go into effect Monday, April 21.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports the spring beaver trapping is well underway. One trapper reported traps being stolen, with one recovered. Another person called to report he found a live beaver in a trap. There was nothing illegal about the set and the beaver was dispatched and returned to the trapper with his gear. A number of anglers were checked as well with the main target being rough fish.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) worked ice angling activity during the week. Numerous calls with questions were answered and equipment was prepared for the upcoming open water season.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on ice angling activity. Anglers had poor success. Ice continues to deteriorate from area lakes, which is finally bringing some open water on ponds and smaller lakes. CO Broughten fielded calls concerning accidental caught otter and a public waters violation. CO Broughten also prepared boats for open water and attended annual training at Camp Ripley.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked angling activity, spring fish run, and checked ATV activity. Assistance was provided to the local police department with a juvenile runaway.

CO Colleen Adam (NW Region OHV Recreation Officer) checked area lakes for fishing activity, many are inaccessible and unstable. State forest closures are in place across much of the region and users are encouraged to check the website on Thursday afternoon for the weekend update. Officer Adam attended a meeting in St. Paul, investigated OHV mudding complaints, checked fish run areas and trapping issues, assisted DNR Forestry with wildfire complaints, and contacted a driver for littering.

Water Recourse Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala met with local SWCD personnel to discuss wetland issues. He also monitored angling activity and checked ATV activity. AIS educational efforts were also accomplished. Enforcement action for the week included failure to display registration, ATV passenger under 18 without helmet, and operate ATV in road right of way without driver's license.