District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-04-14

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports warm weather over the weekend quickly melted much of the lake ice in the area. Many of the smaller lakes checked are partially open. Officer Williams also performed several inspections of minnow dealers and retailers, a high level of compliance was found with most businesses.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked some ATVs and worked on an old fish house litter left on the ice case. The ice has gone out on the many of the rivers and the geese and swans have returned. It is looking a lot like spring and the lake ice is not safe. The crappie fishermen are done and waiting for the open water. For your own safety stay off the ice.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports there was at least one guy finding enough snow to ride his snowmobile during the week. Lakes are just begging to pull away from shore, but there is lots of ice left. The CO checked remote lakes and lakes along the border during the week. A moose shed hunter was encountered during the week with a couple of nice trophy antlers found in a faraway secret spot.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) gave a presentation for Babbitt High School?s Environmental Science class. Time was spent on ATV and commercial enforcement, equipment, animal calls, and a background investigation.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity. Ice was still tight to the shore and access was easy. With warmer weather the ATV activity has picked up, and with it the complaints. It will be a long ATV season, so riders don?t need to have all their ?fun? on the first ride, please ride safe. Time was also spent checking some commercial minnow retailers.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) followed up on TIP calls about taking fish out of season. Lake Superior tributaries were check with only a few fish being caught. Water is still very low. The Officer did commercial inspections on minnow retailers and dealers with a few violations that took place. Ice anglers were checked on area lakes where two feet of ice still remains on some lakes.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling, ATVs/ORVs and trapping activity during the week. Ice conditions have finally deteriorated along most shorelines in the area. Several questions were answered on Lake Superior fishing opportunities.