District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-07-14

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) monitored area lakes for angling and boating activity. The bite on Kabetogama Lake has been heating up as of late, with Rainy Lake still on the slower side. CO Van Asch responded to nuisance beaver complaints and assisted Koochiching County Sheriff?s Department with a trespass complaint on Rainy Lake.Time was also spent completing pending cases. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession and no Type IV PFD.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored boating activities over the week and continues monitoring public access sites along with forest roads. Temps in the mid to upper 80?s, no wind, and high humidity saw little angling activity. Computer data entry and other computer related issues rounded out the week.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent much of his time working anglers and boating enforcement on area lakes. Officer investigated a wetland violation, illegal camping, and ?boat rage? incident. Complaints continue to come in about loud boats on Lake Vermilion, and the officer took enforcement action on a number of boats. Enforcement action was also taken on illegally transporting fish, passengers riding on the bow and gunwale, boat registration, and ATV registration. Officer also attended a meeting in Tower to get firearms safety training back up and running in the area.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers and boaters, appeared in court on a gross misdemeanor driving violation and a possession of drug paraphernalia case (guilty verdict rendered) and assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff?s Dept. on a messy camp and drug complaint on a remote lake in the Superior National Forest. The officer dealt with a false application for a fishing license case where the couple was not married and obtained a married fishing license. A number of no fishing license and no license in possession violations were also encountered. The officer met a canoe at a lake access with two individuals preparing to shove off into a lake. The officer wanted to make sure they were licensed; however, one said he was not fishing. Sensing that the individual was going to fish anyway, he was told that it was best not to fish as the officer might return to the lake. The angler did not heed the advice and the officer did return to find the unlicensed angler fishing. No further advice was given, but a citation was.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked boating and checked fishing throughout the week. Most reported very slow fishing with a few having some success on walleye. Boating activity seems to be up from past year probably due to the warm humid weather. Violations of angling with extra line, no license in possession, and insufficient PFDs were found.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.