District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) spent time teaching at the conservation officer cadet academy throughout the week. CO McGowan also patrolled Upper Red Lake for fishing activity. Numerous anglers were cited for over limit of walleyes.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing enforcement. Numerous anglers were checked and most had required safety equipment. Enforcement action was taken on watercrafts entering public water accesses with zebra mussels attached to their watercraft resulting in a $250 fine. One boater informed the watercraft inspector that he didn?t have time to clean all of the zebra mussels off and had lived on Gull Lake for 40 years and was grandfathered in. Even with a watercraft decontamination station was up and running a few miles up the road, the boater backed in to the lake going against the inspector?s direction.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports checking fishing activity, patrolling the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, working an ongoing case from last deer season, investigating complaints of suspicious fishing activity, shoreline work, illegal dumping, and responding to miscellaneous wildlife issues. Charges were filed against an individual for dumping a large amount of garbage in the CCSRA, the violator will have to appear in court and pay a strong fine and clean-up costs. Other enforcement action was taken for shooting protected songbirds, ironically at the exact same residence where 22 years ago a man was arrested for shooting an osprey, and a sunfish over limit case was made on an individual with a long history of game and fish violations including past over limit convictions. The majority of the sunfish seized in the case were quality to trophy size, resulting in a much high restitution costs to the violator, who stated at one point in the contact that he went to school to be a game warden.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) attended training and assisted Aitkin Fisheries staff with Rippleside 4th grade fishing education day. Complaints of fish over limits, dogs chasing deer and ATV noise were handled. AIS, angling and boating activity was worked.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The bite is slow; the most cooperative fish have been the pan fish. Violations he found were no license, not enough life jackets and fishing in a closed area. He worked on complaints of shoreline violations. He worked with neighboring CO Tim Collette on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in the boat while transporting them on the road and transporting zebra mussels. Complaints of ATV?s on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated and found.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.