Last updated: 2017-02-22
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angling activity with a lot of people on the lakes due to nice weather, school vacations, and the local contest on Garrison Bay. Water running in the holes may be making the fish bite but one vehicle reportedly broke through the ice and a second was wedged in an ice crack that had opened up.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked anglers and trappers in the area out enjoying the warmer weather. The officer attended the Mille Lacs Lake input meeting. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra line and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen on area lakes throughout the weekend. With the warmer weather the snow cover deteriorated and most area trails were not usable by snowmobile. The officer assisted a neighboring officer with a snowmobile race on an area lake and also checking fishermen on the lake. Questions regarding outdoor related law questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Fishermen are reminded to make sure they are able to remove fish houses and debris from area lakes before the ice deteriorates and the ice shelter removal date deadline. He issued a deer possession permit and enforcement action was taken for various fishing violations.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) located many ATV users in the state forests during the unseasonably warm weekend. Many were found to be operating on designated snowmobile trails contrary to law. Other violations included operating without registration, fail to display registration, operate without a safety certificate, and operate unregistered OHMs and operating OHMs in prohibited areas. CO Speldrich was called to a litter complaint where dead livestock was dumped on public land. Anglers worked to remove permanent shelters off of lakes as conditions deteriorate. Littering near ice shelters is still an issue. Thank you to those of you who clean up after others.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked a good fish bite with warmer weather creating some ice road hazards. Extra line violations were found. Five ATVs showed up in full force with warmer weather; enforcement action was taken for no registration and driving after revocation. Assistance was given to other law enforcement agencies with a fleeing situation and a crash involving air care transport. Motorists should use caution with deer now moving heavily. Ice roads are getting sketchy, which lake travelers should use caution.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) monitored area lakes closely due to unseasonably warm, thawing temperatures throughout the week. The ice on the south side of some permanent fishing shelters was melting fast. Some fish house owners were removing their shacks throughout the week before conditions became too unsafe.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering numerous questions about spring hunting seasons and ice shelter questions. He assisted the Pine County Sheriff's department with several ongoing cases and checked anglers in the Pine City area. Recent warm weather has made local ice conditions treacherous at best...use caution if venturing on the ice.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. Fishing remains steady and with the warm weather fish house owners should keep an eye on water levels so houses don?t get froze in. Time was also spent completing online training.