District 5 - Eveleth areaLast updated: 2018-03-13
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports angling has slowed on area waterways. Many anglers are waiting for reduced snow pack on the ice in hopes it will pick back up. Time was spent trying to locate the owner of an unregistered snowmobile that was located on public land and appeared to have been unused for quite a while. Incidentally caught furbearers were processed. Snowmobile and angling activity were also monitored with expired angling licenses and registration issues addressed. As ATVs are taken out for late-ice use, remember to check for current registration before use.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling activity on area lakes. Snowmobile trails have deteriorated rapidly and there are areas of exposed dirt and rock. Public access sites and area forest roads continue to be checked.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers, who reported fishing was slow. Snowmobiling has wound down with poor trail conditions. Velsvaag also checked on remaining fish houses and looked for litter.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, state park enforcement, followed up on two deer-hunting cases, marked fish houses and attended a meeting for upcoming special deer hunts in the station. An individual was cited for leaving bags of human waste on the ice near his permanent fish house. Bring your trash and anything you would not want left on your own doorstep home with you when leaving the ice. Enforcement action was taken for taking an antlerless deer without a permit, unmarked fish house and littering.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent a majority of his time on the ice tracking down any remaining ice shelters. With the deadline for removal approaching, Frericks recommends not waiting for the last minute to remove your shelter. Owners of ice shelters usually have a pretty poor image this time of year when the snow melts and all their garbage is exposed, so owners are reminded to take all garbage around their shelter with them. Failure to do so will result in a citation for litter.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports finding a few anglers out fishing. Most stated fishing is very slow. One angler who was observed using extra lines said he was outfishing his partner probably because of his extra lines. Snowmobiling is still taking place but trail conditions are deteriorating.