District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers on area lakes, monitored trapping activity, and worked on some administrative items. Enforcement action taken for angling without a license in possession.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked small game, and took calls about potential fishing violations. Violations included snowmobile on roadway, fail to display snowmobile registration, and angle more than 200 feet from a tip-up.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored snowmobile activity, investigated deer complaints and assisted the local police department with a domestic. The area panfish bite has been good. Enforcement action was taken for license issues, angle with extra lines and arrest for domestic assault.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) did interviews this past week with two local radio stations where laws and regulations on trout fishing were discussed among other things. She is currently investigating a trapping violation. She cautions people who wish to travel on area lakes with highway vehicles as ice conditions vary due to recent weather and natural occurring springs and water currents. A vehicle was reported as going through the ice off of Stony Point on Pokegama Lake this past week.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked local angling pressure with many individuals out on area lakes. The limited snow cover and thickening ice has made access to most lakes fairly easy. Enforcement action was taken for bluegills over-limit on a special regulation lake, angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, allowing the illegal operation of an ATV by a minor, operating an ATV on a county road and operating an ATV without the required safety class.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) checked fishermen, snowmobiles and trappers. He also conducted a wildlife program at a local library during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working fishing activity. Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana and controlled substance. CO Wichmann also completed reports from small game investigations.