Last updated: 2017-01-23
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked sloppy ice fishing conditions throughout the week. Contacts included extra lines, unattended lines, litter, minor alcohol consumption, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd #2) worked sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement this week. Warm weather brought the snowmobiling to a near halt and trails have numerous barren areas. Officer Guida followed up on a TIP call resulting in a seizure of numerous extra lines including tip ups, rattle reels, and angling rods, all being used for angling. The violator stated that he did not remember a previous contact addressing extra lines approximately five years ago with Officer Guida. A violation check revealed that the violator had been addressed on five different occasions by three different conservation officers for using extra lines.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and snowmobile activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting a slower bite in the area, and snowmobilers are finding poor trail conditions due to the recent warm weather. CO McGowan also attended a district training session.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked snowmobilers and ice fishermen. Officer Hunter assisted with the USXC snowmobile race. CO Hunter received a call of a snowmobile that had fallen through the ice. Snowmobile trail conditions have deteriorated substantially in the area and ice conditions are fading as well.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week focusing on the winter trout season. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for violations including no trout stamps, improperly marked fish houses, litter, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol in the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, and allowing dogs to chase deer.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports that the warm weather made an impact on the snowmobile trails but some folks still got their riding in. Several anglers were out enjoying the heat wave. CO Ladd removed an abandoned portable fish house from the ice and checked several anglers. If you travel to a new lake, be sure to check the special regulations; citations were issued for illegal length walleye and extra lines.
Cuyuna SRA - vacant.