District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-06-30

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boating activity were monitored on Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake. Operation Dry Water was worked over weekend with emphasis put on boat and water safety. People are reminded that navigational lights must be used and on after sunset. Enforcement action taken for week included over limits, no license in possession, fail to use navigational lights after sunset, excessive watercraft noise, operate PWC one hour before sunset, no current boat registration, and fail to remove drain plug from boat.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent the week focusing on angling and boating activity on Rainy Lake. Many recreational boaters were contacted during Operation Dry Water and seen to be enjoying their time on the water. Anglers are reporting a much slower bite and having to work extremely hard to put fish in the live well. CO Van Asch also spent time working at the U.S. Customs, Port of Entry in International Falls. A few nuisance animal calls were handled and several questions regarding angling on border waters were answered. Enforcement action included failure to remove drain plug, failure to affix registration decal, failure to transfer watercraft ownership, watercraft operation in excess of noise limits, operating a personal watercraft during restricted hours, no angling license in possession, and over limit of walleyes.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, boating and state park enforcement and also worked Vermilion Lake fishing and boating activity. The officer was the first on the scene of a traffic accident where a wheel came off an SUV and struck a pickup head on. A state park ranger warned campers twice within four hours that they could not consume alcohol in the park. The officer dealt with them the third time with enforcement action that ended the problem. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, angling without a license in possession; consume alcohol in a state park, and a variety of boating and PWC violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked boating and angling on area lakes and found anglers to be having little success. Two separate law presentations were given to students at two ATV youth safety class, assistance was also provided for the test riding portion. Fredin gave a law and advanced bow hunter education to approximately 50 students at the Laurentian Environmental Center.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.