District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2015-03-24
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports fishing activity has moved from mainly trout to crappie angling with most anglers reporting fair to good success. Ice loss on the lakes has slowed down but areas with current continue to be dangerous. Violations included operating an unregistered snowmobile, and operating a snowmobile with no snowmobile safety certificate.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked on a couple fish house litter cases and dealt with some late season snowmobile complaints. Officer began putting away winter equipment and checked a few remaining BWCAW trout and crappie fishermen. The Babbitt vintage snowmobile ride happened like it does every year, but the snow left just a few days too early for a good trail ride. We?re back to the cold temps for a little while, but any day now the warm conditions are going to come back and ice conditions will deteriorate quickly. Bring safety equipment such as ice picks and a rope, tell someone where you are going, and don?t take any foolish chances.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that most trout anglers have given up on winter. Many trout lakes checked were empty over the past weekend. A few snowmobilers were encountered in the backcountry and a couple of guys were back out looking for moose sheds as the snow starts to melt exposing the dark antlers. One person had to be reminded that fishing licenses expired at the end of February and another that snowmobile sticker actually have to be displayed on the snowmobile
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled snowmobile trails and backroads and found conditions to be very deteriorated and few riders out and about. The officer also checked lakes and anglers; colder conditions have improved travel on most lakes. Manning also conducted commercial inspections at area businesses, issued a car kill deer permit and followed up on a wolf depredation case.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports all fish houses were removed by the deadline. Some litter was left behind warranting enforcement action. Lots of people are out looking for crappies. Enforcement action included angle without a license and litter. Time was spent organizing and transferring evidence, and work began on a background investigation. A vehicle went through the ice on Birch Lake, so be careful.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area trapping complaints. Much of the week was spent at Camp Ripley working on the Division?s 1187 shotguns, and training on a new computer system.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week at Camp Ripley armoring 1187 shotguns. The Officer received training on the new records management system and had service done on his patrol vehicle.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, angling, and littering complaints during the week. Most lakes still had good ice up north for late season trout fishermen but anglers had to work hard to get the fish to bite. Many folks have taken to the woods for the annual harvest of maple syrup.