District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The ice anglers are out and report the bite has slowed. Enforcement action was taken on unattended lines and no shelter license. Complaints of litter left on the Ice from anglers after removing there fish houses were received. He worked on a report of deer carcass dumping. Snowmobiling in the Brainerd area continues to pick up. Enforcement action was taken on trespass and expired registration.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, spearing and snowmobile enforcement. The officer also assisted two concerned sportsmen with a deer that had gotten its 8 point rack caught in the neighbor?s hammock. A nearby pack of wolves were howling as the ropes were cut.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement. One spear fisherman checked had just loaded six speared northern (three overlimit) into his pickup truck and was wrapping up the morning. After the discovery, Conservation Officer Guida asked him when the fish best ran. The spear fisherman said, ?They ran pretty good from about ten to eleven-thirty. Then I sat for another thirty minutes without seeing another one and figured I better get going before the Game Warden shows up.? He said that at his current time and predicament he wasn?t very happy to see a Conservation Officer. The violation was addressed and enforcement action was taken. Patrol was also done on the warm weather deteriorating snowmobile trails with some enforcement contacts. Officer Guida also spent time visiting with the Gull Lake Drifters snowmobile club at their open house in Nisswa.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week with slow activity reported around the Whitefish Chain for pretty much all fish species. Officer Lee also patrolled snowmobile traffic in the area with most trails in the area in very poor condition due to the warm weather. Officer Lee assisted with armoring division rifles this past week at Camp Ripley. Enforcement actions taken this past week ranged from registration issues on ATVs and snowmobiles, to anglers not having angling licenses, and fishing with extra lines.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) spent the week doing fishing and snowmobile enforcement. The weather was nice with lots of people out. Enforcement activity included angling with extra and unattended lines, angling without a license, fish overlimits, and possession of marijuana. After issuing citations on Ada Lake by Pine River for angling without a license and unattended lines, the public access used to access the lake by the officer was found plowed shut. Although the officer found another way off, several people complained the next day when they tried to access the lake. Anybody with information about the incident may call the TIP line at 800-652-9093.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) checked several anglers and snowmobilers with the above average temperatures. She noticed some areas of channels and points with open water. Use caution when traveling on the ice.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports investigating complaints of trespassing, damage to tree seedling plantation by snowmobile, illegal use of ski trails, snowmobiles not stopping for road crossings, and suspicious activity at a public water access / ski trail head. Ski pass, snowmobile trail and fishing enforcement work was done, including assisting a neighboring officer with a northern pike overlimit case.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) wrapped up field training with a conservation officer cadet. Time was spent following up on TIP reports, and checking ice anglers. Anglers are reminded to use caution while ice angling as some thinner spots have been observed.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.