District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) investigated a fire and worked the Rainy River checking sturgeon fishermen.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Ray) reports the ?Keep? season for sturgeon opened up this past Sunday on the Rainy River. A fire was investigated in Littlefork and the public is reminded that Koochiching County is still under burning restrictions. Time was also spent handling several wildlife complaints throughout the surrounding areas.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring outdoor activities, checking public access sites, and monitoring area forest roads. Computer based training is ongoing

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) responded to a cow moose that had been struck and killed by a vehicle northeast of Soudan. The cow was carrying two calves that were killed as well. The moose was submitted for analysis to the DNR Wildlife division. The officer took enforcement action on illegal spearing in a closed season, taking of walleye with a spear, possession of net and spear, and illegal possession of game fish in closed season.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked boaters, ATVs, invasive species enforcement and angling activity, to include working sturgeon angling on Rainy River. A TIP call was worked and a bear committee rules meeting was attended. The officer worked the Rainy River with CO Fredin and found one sturgeon angler that opened season a day early and kept a large sturgeon. He now faces nearly $1,400 in fines and restitution for the offense since the sturgeon was over 48 inches long. Other enforcement action was taken on unattended lines, angle with extra lines, transport aquatic macrophytes, and a number of boating and ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety Class in Virginia and spent time checking anglers on area rivers. Most anglers have been doing well but reports of anglers keeping walleye and northern pike have started to come in. While following up on these reports, enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, underage consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia. Some beaver trappers are still at it and reports of trespass on posted property are being investigated.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked spring beaver trapping and continues to work a trapping trespass case. Time was spent monitoring tribal netting activity on an area lake. Fredin worked a Rainy River detail and found violation of take sturgeon out of season, expired boat registration and no PDFs. Complaints were received of dumped filleted out walleye, northern, and whole whitefish and suckers.

Cook - vacant.

International Falls #2 - vacant.