District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers during the past week. He also handled wildlife calls.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, attended K-9 training and assisted the county with a domestic call. Enforcement action was taken for operate ATV on roadway and angling license issues.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked anglers this past week. Ice is pulling away from the shore on many lakes and is becoming thin in some areas that have current flowing, including Tioga Bay on Pokegama Lake. Please use caution this time of year when accessing the ice. She also traveled up to the Rainy River over the weekend to see how the walleye fishermen were fairing. Enforcement action was taken for boating violations.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked late ice angling activity with the pan fish hopping out of the holes. The bite was very good and many limits were seen over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license. ATV activity has also spiked in the recent days with the warmer weather. Action was taken for operating an ATV on a county road. An ATV was also reported through the ice on Pokegama Lake. The ATV was promptly recovered the next day out of 25 feet of water and the operator was able to get to safety. The individual had driven over the exact location the day before, but due to the rain overnight it had greatly reduced the holding power of the ice. Please be careful on area lakes.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, spring beaver trappers and state parks. He also worked closed roads and trails during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATV and fishing. Wichmann also took calls on injured deer.

CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV Officer) checked anglers and ATVers this past week. Snowmobiling conditions have deteriorated and several gates have been closed on GIA snowmobile trails. CO Velsvaag also attended a meeting regarding multiple use trail development.

Water Resource Enforcement officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) checked anglers, ATVs, and a few snowmobilers on area lakes. Panfish and perch angling success improved. Some 12 inch blue gill were observed in creel buckets. Lake ice travel diminished from full-sized trucks to ATVs over the week. CO Arhart also worked aquatic invasive species and angling efforts at the Rainy River, tracked wetland restoration cases, and assisted the Dixon Lake Association with duck nest box maintenance. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, for transporting walleye without skin patch, for transporting watercraft with plugs in, for transporting water from infested streams, and for expired boat registration. The first migrant wood ducks were seen in open reaches of Third River. Fresh American goldeneye eggs were observed in nest boxes.