District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a busy holiday weekend. Weather for the trout fishing opener was some of the nicest for the event and that brought out the anglers. One angler should have stayed out longer, or had lunch on the ice. While he was out of sight inside his cabin, Officer Manning was checking his tip-ups and waiting for him to come tend his lines. Eventually the officer tracked him up to the cabin, explained the reason for the visit, and provided him with some paperwork.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked with other officer for the winter trout opener. The nice weekend and great traveling conditions did not improve activity as it was down from previous years; however, violations were up. The officers encountered over limits, extra line, unattended lines, no fishing license/trout stamps in possession and snowmobile registration violations. The CO?s also encountered BWCA violations.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the trout opener over the weekend and although it was relatively uneventful, the fishing was good. One group from Duluth possessed a bag of Lake Superior smelt on a pristine trout lake and had no idea about the hazard of transporting potentially VHS infected smelt to other waters. Luckily the fish were seized before any had been used. Another local party was busily trying to get an extra line out of the hole as the officer watched patiently. He then threw the line and plopped down onto a couch and crossed his legs as if he?d been there watching football on TV all day.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked with officers up the Gunflint Trail for the opening of winter trout season. Most anglers had a few fish and enjoyed the warmer temperatures but lake travel and trail conditions were extremely rough from drifting snow. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and excessive snowmobile muffler noise.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked angling enforcement throughout the week. Some additional weekend snow helped the trails out. Enforcement action was taken for angling and snowmobile violations.

CO Sean Williams (Ely) winter trout season opener was very active, with villages of ice houses appearing overnight on most of the trout lakes in the Ely area. Success was fair to good, with a distinct morning and afternoon bite. Violations included taking trout during the closed season, angle with an extra line, and angle without license in possession.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked the trout opener. Weather was great, and CO Schottenbauer was surprised to see so few people out. Time was also spent working other fishing and snowmobile activity.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the trout opener with area officers. The weather was one of the warmest the officer remembers. A few anglers were happy catching their limit of trout. Time was also spent on US/Canada border lakes and other remote backcountry lakes. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, live minnows on trout lakes, ATV registration and snowmobile registration.