District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2018-04-16

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Rainy River and transferred evidence and paperwork to Lt. Pat Znajda. He also assisted in locating a radio-collared wolf in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked angling, aquatic invasive species, ATV and boat and water enforcement, and assisted with a snowmobile safety course at the Northwest Angle. The walleye/sauger season wrapped up nicely this past weekend on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River with many taking home their limits and pictures of some nice-sized walleyes. The sturgeon season remains open with catch-and-release-only fishing through April 23. The spring harvest season runs April 24 through May 7. Enforcement action was taken for failure to remove a fish house from the lake prior to the removal deadline and dogs chasing deer.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette West) reports a busy end to the Minnesota/Canada walleye season. Many anglers were successful in catching limits of fish. Enforcement action was taken for transporting walleye fillets with no patch of skin, drain plug violations, angling without a license, and providing someone else?s name to a law enforcement officer.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) taught the law and ethics portions of firearms safety classes in Argyle and Karlstad. Woinarowicz has seen a pleasantly surprising influx of female youths taking the class. At one site, 11 of the 14 students were females; nine of the 12 at another site were females. Calls of houses left on public accesses, injured eagles, and unregulated fires were investigated. Enforcement action for the week included no burning permit, burning prohibited materials, and storing a shelter at a public access.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working AIS enforcement, and ATV and angling activity on special regulation lakes. Time was spent assisting instructors and giving the laws and regulations presentation at the Blackduck firearms safety classes and handling a call of a mink or fisher killing a person?s chickens.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck North) reports focusing on ATV, AIS, and angling enforcement. He spoke to a firearms safety class and checked anglers on the Rainy River. Enforcement actions included failure to remove a drain plug. A litter complaint was also investigated; several domestic turkeys were dumped on public property.

CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) focused on angling and boat and water safety enforcement. Cold weather and long wait times for launching boats didn?t seem to prevent the diehard anglers from giving the walleye season one last shot on the Rainy River. Varying levels of success were seen for both sturgeon and walleyes. Mishler also attended two days of K9 training at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action for the week included no angling license in possession, overlimit of walleyes, transporting fish with no skin patch, and no throwable PFD.

Warroad South vacant.

Karlstad vacant.

Thief River Falls East vacant.