District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities over the week. Fishing success is some of the poorest he has seen in recent years. Outdoor user numbers continue to decline with very little activity noted over the week.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports a few muskie and bass anglers were observed having some luck catching and releasing fish. Walleye anglers were not doing as well. Very warm weather late last week had the area swimming beaches quite full. Berry picking is in full swing and pickers are reporting a good crop this year.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, the state park, a dog chasing deer complaint and trespassing complaints. Various trespass issues kept the officer busy for the week with 16 violations of operating a motor vehicle on a state trail (due to a state highway bridge project that shortcut detours are being taken), ?plain old? trespass, and OHV trespass. Simply obeying signs would have saved the officer and the violators a lot of hassle. One of the individuals also provided the officer her sister?s driver?s license as her license was revoked, which added to her three other violations. Enforcement action for the week included angling without a license, allow dog to chase deer, trespass, state trail trespass, OHV trespass, driving after revocation, no insurance, display another?s license, and a number of boating and ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time patrolling area lakes checking anglers and boaters. Walleye have been cooperating with anglers on Lake Vermilion with many nice sized fish being seen and reports of a couple 30+ inch walleye being taken. CO Frericks spoke at a take a kid fishing event hosted by Lake Vermilion guides. Importance on wearing lifejackets was stressed. A boater whom was warned last year to put current registration on their pontoon was seen operating the same watercraft again this year without putting the current registration on. A citation was issued for failure to display current registration.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked boating and fishing activity throughout the week. Some nice crappies are being caught along with walleyes. Violations of no angling license and expired boat registration were found. Officer Fredin received complaints of a beaver dam flooding a road and a complaint of a bear getting into a dumpster. A road killed wolf was picked up.

International Falls # 2 - vacant.

Ray - vacant.

Tower - vacant.