District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted with the new academy of ten this week with record management systems. Field work was conducted checking turkey hunters and found many hunters having great success. Anglers are on the hunt for crappies and sunfish and anglers had mixed reports. Enforcement action was taken for failing to display ATV registration, operating dirt bikes in the ditch and highways and assisted with additional investigations.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working the Solana State Forest for ATV, ORV and OHM traffic during the week and weekend. A TIP complaint of parties spearing rough fish out of season was investigated and the area was monitored. A complaint of litter dumped on State land was investigated and many outdoor law related questions were fielded. The Officer seized an incidental otter from a trapper and call regarding burning related questions was answered. Area lakes were also monitored for pan fishing activity.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) gave a talk at an area school for students that are interested in becoming a CO. She checked area rivers for fish run activity and checked anglers. Contacts were made, license issues were discussed and information was relayed regarding fishing for rough fish. Officer Speldrich checked turkey hunters, as well as checking for illegal burning violations, patrolled state forest areas for illegal ATV operation, took reports of nuisance beaver related issues and trespass, answered questions regarding anglers attempting to take species during closed seasons, assisted in returning found property, assisted the local deputies with DNR law information and prepared for upcoming training.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took complaints of trapping issues and ATV?s operating on roadways. He took calls of car hit bears, and spent time monitoring accesses for fish run activity. Heavy rains over the weekend will have local rivers rising. Use caution if you are heading out in a canoe or kayak. Warm temps found some anglers out catching catfish and panfish in the Pine City area. Anglers are reminded to purchase their licenses and have them with while fishing.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) monitored area streams, closed WMA and State Forest roads throughout the week and weekend. Issues with nuisance beaver were handled and time was spent completing online computer training.