District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on Lake of the Woods angling cases during the week. Snowmobile activity was monitored during the week and assistance was given to area law enforcement with a snowmobile class.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked angling and snowmobile enforcement. The bite has slowed down in some of the areas that have been doing well; success is being seen in deeper water now (30-32 feet) in areas where it was not earlier. Jumbo perch have been a constant out of Warroad as have northern pike. Enforcement action was taken for the following: angling without license in possession, angle with an extra line, package fish for transport under an expired fish packing license and angle with an unattended line.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) spent time assisting District 5 and 6 Officers with the Annual Fun Run Snowmobile Ride in the Ely/Tower area. Many snowmobilers came out for the event due to the great weather and near 40 degree temps. Focus was placed on making sure all riders were being safe and obeying the law. Multiple snowmobilers were stopped for exceeding the speed limit on lakes and trails and enforcement action was taken. Time was also spent checking trout fishermen in the Ely area as well as checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Additional enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, angling with unattended lines, no angling license in possession, use live bait on designated trout lake, possession of dressed fillets on Lake of the Woods, fail to display snowmobile registration, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports an increase in ice fishing and snowmobiling activity on Lake of the Woods. Fishing success has been spotty all over the lake, but some anglers have found success in filling their limit. The state grant-in-aid trails on the lake are in good shape for riding snowmobiles; however, some individuals have been operating ATVs and other vehicles on them. This damages the trail and makes it difficult to traverse, so be sure you know where you can legally operate your different vehicles. CO Prachar assisted sheriff?s office with a snowmobile crash in which the driver of a snowmobile struck a culvert and caused serious injury. Be sure of where you are riding and of possible obstructions in your path.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports concentrating enforcement efforts on snowmobiling activity and angling activity on Upper Red Lake and special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent preparing for and providing courtroom testimony in a deer baiting case trial. The investigation began in the days leading up to the opening of the firearms deer season when officers located the baits placed by the hunters, the baits consisted of grain/corn blocks, apples, sugar beets and a mineral lick. On opening morning officers contacted the defendants on the stands hunting over the baits. The defendants made their case before the court, however, they were found guilty. Time was also spent working commercial enforcement involving a bait dealer and retailer selling frozen spot tail shiners without the required VHS Free Certification. Violation encountered for the week included possession of dressed fillets on the ice, unmeasurable fish, no license in possession and no or improper shelter identification

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.