District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobilers out in full force even with trails deteriorating because of warmer temperatures. Fishing on Rainy Lake and Lake Kabetogama has slowed with very few fish observed in the bag. Enforcement actions taken for week included no snowmobile registration and operate snowmobile in excessive of posted speed limit.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) monitored angling and snowmobile activity in the Rainy, Kabetogama, and Namakan Lakes area. The fishing on area lakes has not yielded great results; however, it has not stopped spear fishermen or anglers from trying. With the nice weather this past weekend and slow fishing, many individuals ventured out onto the snowmobile trails. People are reminded to operate their machines at safe speed according to the conditions and also to keep in mind trail and lake speed limits. Runners for the Arrowhead 135 Ultra Marathon were seen gearing up for the start of this year?s race on Jan. 26. Individuals heading out on the snowmobile trails designated for use by the race should be aware of runners, bicyclist, or skiers on the trails and use caution while operating their machine around race participants. Enforcement action for the week related mostly to snowmobile registration and speed.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and snowmobile activities. Snowmobile trails are in very poor shape with lack of snow and recent warm weather. Public access sites were checked. Forest roads and timber sales continue to be monitored. Equipment work, computer work, and office related tasks are ongoing.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the few snowmobilers in the area report the trail conditions are poor due to lack of snow. Ice fishing remains poor and very few anglers were observed. A couple meetings were attended.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reported that the warm weather made some of the snowmobile trails in the area a little rough. Even though this was the case, a number of snowmobilers traveled to the area for the Fun Run. The officer worked the Fun Run with a number of other officers from around the region. The officer took a call of a baby beaver in a back yard, but since it was unhurt and mobile it was left so it could make its way back to water. The officer is looking into a case of garbage left out on the ice, and assisted in an ongoing trapping case. Enforcement action taken this week: dressed walleye on experimental regulation lake, unmeasurable walleye, over-limit of walleye, no license in possession, snowmobile registration violations, snowmobile speeding, failure to display registration numbers, and operate a snowmobile without safety certificate.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, snowmobiles, and ATVs. The officer also finished up two big game cases from November and December and finished the investigation of the shooting of a gray wolf. Enforcement action was taken on angling with more than one line on a designated trout lake, fail to register big game animal, and fail to display snowmobile and ATV registration.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) received a call from a concerned angler who suspected he caught an invasive species called a round goby in a Virginia area mine pit. CO Frericks met with the angler and examined the catch. After close examination of the fish it was determined it was a fish native to Minnesota waters called a sculpin. The angler was contacted and informed of the true identity of the fish he caught and thanked for his concern. The crappie and pan fish bite on area lakes remains steady. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked into the mortality cause of a wolf that was found dead under snow, and determined it was an accidental death. Little to no snowmobiling activity due to lack of snow and poor trail conditions. Fishing was check and most reported poor fishing.

Ray - vacant.