District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Fishing has been slow and the recent warm weather melted much of the snow on the big lake. A detail was worked on Lake of the Woods with neighboring officers, Lt. Znajda, and Ontario Conservation Officers. Violations for the week include operating an unregistered snowmobile, possess over limit of walleyes/saugers, angle with extra lines, angle without a license, and possession of marijuana.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked snowmobiling and angling enforcement throughout Warroad, the Northwest Angle and Lake of the Woods area. Enforcement action was taken for angling w/o a license in possession and possessing an unmeasurable fish.

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) worked a detail on Lake of the Woods with several other officers from the district, as well as two Ontario Wardens. Warm temps caused the snowmobile trails to deteriorate, but still did not discourage people from getting out. Enforcement action taken for possession of dressed fillets, angling without a license, angling with unattended lines, no angling license in possession, failure to display snowmobile registration, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports slightly better fishing on Lake of the Woods. CO Prachar worked with neighboring officers on the lake and found many anglers with mixed success. Enforcement action taken included angling with extra lines, leave lines unattended through the ice, fail to display registration on snowmobile, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke at a local sportsman club banquet. An area snowmobiler was stopped for lack of registration. He later learned the operator had an active warrant and a search for weapons incident to arrest yielded marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The subject was taken to a local law enforcement center where he posted bond and was issued citations for the drugs and registration. CO Woinarowicz worked a detail on Upper Red Lake with COs Regas, Parthun, and Holt. Success on walleyes was very location specific seeing some anglers worn out from catching fish while others had yet to get barely a bite. Enforcement action for the detail included angle with extra line, angle without license, angle with unattended lines, possess over limit of walleye, possess illegal length walleye, possess dressed fillets on special regulation water, possess marijuana and paraphernalia, and ATV and snowmobile registration violations.

CO Traci Hanson (Thief River Falls) worked angling, snowmobiling and trapping enforcement. A Snowmobile Safety training class was assisted with in Thief River Falls. CO Hanson visited the Vintage Snowmobile display in St. Hillarie. Many original snowmobiles were displayed, including several prototype sleds from the 70s. Law questions and trail conditions were discussed with participants.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling activity on Upper Red Lake with neighboring officers, special regulation lakes and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. Time was spent conducting commercial inspections, answering numerous questions from the public regarding the regulation changes for Upper Red Lake and investigating a TIP report. Enforcement actions for the week included over limit of Upper Red Lake walleye, angling with extra lines, possession of slot walleye, angling license violations and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.