District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-03-31

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports busy weekend on the Rainy River with hundreds of anglers checked, however fishing success was relatively slow. Several fire issues were handled along with numerous animal complaints. Enforcement action was taken for over limits of fish, failure to display boat registration, no Type IV PFD, no current angling license, and failure to control permit fire.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) reports attending waterfowl enforcement training at Whitewater State Park. Ice fishing enforcement on Rainy Lake rounded out the rest of the work week.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes, checking public access sites, monitoring forest roads and working on equipment over the week. Very little outdoor activity observed.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports little angling activity in the area. Only a few fishermen were observed chasing panfish and the action was quite slow. Area rivers and streams are starting to open up and the nuisance beaver calls have begun.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent most of the week at waterfowl training in Whitewater State Park. The officer worked the TIP trailer at the Virginia Sport Show. Water skipping at Trout River was fairly busy on Saturday and some enforcement action was taken. There were a number of anglers taking advantage of the tail end of the trout season on Trout Lake. Anglers were having some success and some nice fish were taken.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ATVs, followed up on fish house license and litter cases and judged the biology section at Assumption Catholic School?s Science Fair. Enforcement action was taken on no fish house license and littering.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time at the Virginia Home Show and answered a wide variety of questions at the Turn in Poachers Wall of Shame. High numbers of kids and even some adults tested their skills at the laser shot booth. A concerned landowner contacted CO Frericks regarding a collared timber wolf that came into her yard and appeared to have little fear of humans. The landowner has lost dogs and livestock in the past to wolves.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a complaint/concern of a pack of wolves hanging around his residence seemingly unafraid and owner concerned for his dogs. Fredin check fishing activity and found some crappie being caught along with a few lake trout. Work was started on conducting a background investigation on a potential CO hiring. Time was spent at the Virginia Home Show working the TIP booth and LaserShot.

Ray - vacant.