District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked ice anglers including assisting with the Brainerd JC?s ice fishing contest. Some snowmobile activity was observed despite the diminishing snow cover. Verkuilen also issued road kill deer tags, checked some rabbit hunters, and attended division training at Camp Ripley.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen on area lakes throughout the week and weekend. The Officer also monitored area snowmobile traffic and saw quite a few snowmobilers out enjoying the trails. Winter in-service training and awards was attended at Camp Ripley and the Officer also attended a handgun armoring recertification course during the week. A TIP complaint on an area lake was investigated and found to be unfounded and many fishing, snowmobiling and ATV law questions were fielded. A call of snowmobilers trespassing on a field was investigated and several sleds were stopped and cited for trespassing. Please remember stay on the trails and make sure you are riding in a legal area, it is the operator?s responsibility to know where they can and can?t ride. Enforcement action for the week included various snowmobiling and fishing related violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) attended training at Camp Ripley. She checked anglers and snowmobilers over the weekend. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license in possession and failure to display snowmobile registration. A snowmobile trespass case was also looked into. Speldrich investigated an unoccupied vehicle parked off of a snowmobile trail. The license plates were missing so the VIN number on the vehicle was run with dispatch. The vehicle was confirmed as a stolen vehicle out of Pine County. Speldrich assisted Pine County with processing the recovered vehicle.

CO Starr (Onamia) attended training at Camp Ripley and followed up on a fish house case of abandonment. Walleyes are still showing up in numbers on Mille Lacs, along with some small pike. Snowmobilers are out and about, with riding on the shoulder of the road violations found. CO Starr also spoke with some concerned citizens about coyote over population concerns.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent the week patrolling some of the smaller, remote lakes for fishing activity. One individual that was found in a portable fish house, without a fishing license, did his best to explain how the fishing pole he was sitting next to belonged to someone else. His story lost credibility when, while talking with CO Grundmeier, he got an untimely, aggressive bite that started to pull the fishing rod through the ice hole. After instinctively grabbing the rod to save it from going in the drink, the angler?s next words included how he did not want to lose his expensive fishing pole. A citation was issued for fishing without a license.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) attended training at Camp Ripley during the week. He took calls about trapping questions, trespassing concerns, and questions about hunting coyotes. CO Wynn checked anglers around the Pine City area and monitored snowmobile activity over the weekend. Snowmobile trails are still bare in a lot of places, with most activity seen on area lakes. The Snake River between Cross Lake and Pokegama Lake has started opening up with the warm weather. Snowmobilers are cautioned to not travel in that area between the two lakes.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. Walleye fishing still remains good on Mille Lacs with lots of 10-16 inch fish being caught along with some 18 to 20 seen. Several parties reported and kept under 30 inch northern pike. Time was spent investigating trespass issues and an injured owl was brought to the rehab center.