District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2024-04-15

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports the walleye catch-and-release season on the Rainy River ended this weekend. This weekend was the busiest it?s been in years, with an estimated 500-plus boats per day. Enforcement action taken for the week included boat registration issues, license violations, and boat safety equipment violations.

CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending time this past week working the Rainy River and area forest roads for ATV activity. The Rainy River remained busy for the last weekend of the catch-and-release walleye season. Boat safety equipment and registration remained common violations, along with angling without licenses.

CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports the warming weather has lured more people outside to take care of spring tasks. Shoreline and dock projects were monitored for compliance. Angling activity was monitored. The ice on Lake Kabetogama is mostly gone except for some lingering ice in bay areas. Equipment changeover and maintenance filled the week.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring public water access sites, checking local forest roads, dealing with an injured eagle, and taking phone calls on a variety of outdoor topics.

CO Sean Cannon (Cook) spent time this week monitoring ATV and trapping activity, along with checking state forests. Warm weather brought more activity and ice is quickly disappearing from area lakes. Time was also spent checking anglers and monitoring spring fish runs.

CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily angling and OHV enforcement. Larson spent time checking anglers who were out and about targeting primarily crappies. Many boats have hit the lakes with the warm weather and the last of the ice disappearing. Larson also spent time assisting other agencies and checking for traps. Violations were related to youth violating OHM laws, attempting to take fish during closed seasons, and the possession of spears near water during closed seasons.

CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) spent much of the week training at Camp Ripley during in-service training. In addition, time was spent on ATV and trapping enforcement as well as attending the Chisholm Sportsman?s Club?s annual banquet.

CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent time attending spring in-service at Camp Ripley during the week. He also attended funeral services as an Honor Guard member for retired St. Anthony Police Chief John Mangseth. Additional time was spent working on the Rainy River with a district officer. License, boating registration, and boating safety violations were addressed.

CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, trapping, and ATV activity. Warmer weather brought out many ATVs. Broughten has started to see a few boats on area lakes. He also attended training at Camp Ripley.

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