Weekly CO report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2024-07-08

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports a very busy holiday weekend on Rainy Lake with lots of people enjoying the sunny and hot weather recreating, boating, and fishing. Enforcement action was taken for license violations and illegal-length walleyes. During an Operation Dry Water detail, boating and safety equipment compliance was very good considering the number of watercrafts observed and checked. Some minor animal-related complaints were also handled.

CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending time this past week working ATV activity and checking anglers and boaters over the busy holiday weekend. Enforcement action taken this past week consisted of youth not wearing helmets on ATVs, boat registrations, PFD violations, and illegal-length walleyes.

CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports anglers and boaters were insistent on partaking in the Fourth of July opportunities to be outdoors despite the less-than-ideal meteorological character in the area. Anglers are reporting a tough bite overall but those willing to put in some time and try different areas are finding some success. A concerning trend observed this summer is the number of paddle craft (canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards) used on the bigger lakes without those paddlers having life jackets. Conditions change quickly, especially with weather patterns this summer, and paddlers can get into trouble quickly.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports equipment repairs continue. Area forest roads and camping locations were checked. High water continues in the area, and fishing remains poor. Additional time was spent monitoring public water access sites and ATV activity. Administrative task completion is on-going.

CO Sean Cannon (Cook) spent most of the week monitoring angling and boating activity over the busy holiday. Some time was also spent monitoring ATV activity. The walleye bite remains slow in the area with anglers having to work to find fish willing to bite. Boating activity increased dramatically this week, and the extremely high waters are finally slowly receding, with Lake Vermilion dropping approximately 6 inches since its crest. However, it is still quite a bit higher than normal, with many docks still under water. Enforcement action taken included fishing without a license, illegal-length walleyes, fishing with an extra line, unsafe watercraft operation, PWC operating within 150 feet of docks, operating without navigation lights, PFD violations, and youth ATV helmet violations.

CO Aaron Larson (Tower) spent time working angling and OHM enforcement. Larson spent time checking anglers on area lakes. They seemed to be having a tough time finding success. Larson also spent time assisting other law enforcement agencies and working recreational vehicles around town. He encountered violations related to illegal OHM use, angling license violations, boating safety equipment, and angling with extra lines.

CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent time working in a watercraft and on ATV patrol over the week. Inconsistent weather brought mixed fishing success, with many anglers reporting the harvest success rate to be much lower compared to years past.

CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity. Recreational activity was unusually low during the fourth of July week. Anglers reported limited success. ATV riders and boaters had to dodge rain but were able to get out. Water remains high. ATV and OHM owners are reminded to check regulations prior to purchasing their new toy. Broughten also fielded calls regarding bear sightings, OHM registration, and youth ATV regulations.

Hibbing vacant.

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