Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2017-07-17

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports time was spent monitoring public access use along with fishing and ATV activity. Areas of litter complaints were also checked. Shore fishing has seen an increase with many individuals finding success. One angler was excited to have to release two walleyes caught on the same day from a fishing pier because they were within the protected length limit. Significant time was spent on complaints of burning prohibited materials. Not only is it illegal but it is also unhealthy for both persons and the environment. At one location a partially burned plastic bag of dirty diapers was located with the responsible party not around. This complaint will continue to be monitored.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) responded to calls from the public regarding fish limits and fish slot restrictions. Officer Adam assisted other divisions with investigations in the Voyager National Park. Fishing has been good. Enforcement contacts were made for watercraft registration and operation issues.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities. Fishing reports remain poor. Forest roads were monitored. Public access site issues continue to be dealt with.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week. Fishing has been slow. CO Velsvaag received multiple nuisance animal complaints and questions about work in protected waters.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) received another complaint of a refusal of a boat inspection for Aquatic Invasive species. There were a couple of injured animal calls, including an eagle and a wolf. The officer is also looking into illegal activity on public land.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) mainly worked boaters, anglers, ATV?s, invasive species, state park enforcement, and handled complaints of PWC speed, and large amounts of litter. The officer stopped a vehicle that was reportedly part of a possible child abduction, which turned out to be unfounded. A person dumping garbage resulted in nearly a $1,000 civil citation for litter. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, no angling license in possession, no state park permit, driving after revocation, and a number of boating, PWC, and ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent a majority of time on area lakes checking anglers and boaters. While there are some fish still being caught, the bite has slowed down on most lakes. Most traffic on lakes was recreational. Enforcement action was taken for insufficient PFDs. Boaters are reminded that PFDs are required on all watercraft, kayaks and paddleboards included.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked anglers throughout the week and most reported slow fishing. Assistance was given to the local PD on a missing elderly woman with dementia; she was found safe.