District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked pan fishing activity and continued to monitor dogs that are left unattended. Equipment issues were addressed, along with very pertinent mandatory training. Ice conditions are getting bad on most lakes. CO Starr also worked on ATV issues, investigated a small fire, and took a call about dumped deer carcasses.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) worked with neighboring officer checking fishermen on an area lake where the crappie bite took off for a few days. Area forest roads were patrolled for illegal traffic and a call of dogs chasing deer was handled. A party reported a muskrat chewing through a garage door and targeting old beer cans once inside. The party set a live trap and jokingly planned on getting the muskrat into a support group for his alcohol problem.

WREO Rob Haberman worked on wetland and water cases in his assigned area. WREO Haberman also patrolled state forests for vehicles entering closed forest roads. WREO Haberman also checked fishermen on local lakes.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) worked checking ice conditions and river levels throughout the county. Ice fishing seems to have ended in the Pine City area with the Snake River rising and breaking up shoreline ice in many access areas of Cross and Pokegama Lake. Some lakes on the north end of the county had fishermen on them, but ice was deteriorating quickly with the warm weather. CO Wynn took numerous calls on nuisance, sick, and injured animals. Forest roads are currently closed in the Chengwatana State Forest along with other state forests in the Pine County area. Check the DNR website for current forest closure information.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working area state forest roads and trails for the spring road closures. Please remember to check our DNR website before venturing out on an ATV being most trails area currently closed for the spring. Area lakes were checked with a few fishermen out but the pan fish bite varied from lake to lake. A complaint of a waters violation was investigated and a call of an injured goose was also investigated. The Officer assisted a neighboring Officer with a complaint of double tripping on a local lake. Some permits were issued and some items were tagged for a local minnow dealer for the upcoming minnow season. Mandatory Department training was done and lots of fishing, hunting, trapping and ATV law questions were fielded.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw an increase in beaver trapping activity with the warmer weather and thawing of area creeks and rivers. A few anglers have still been out ice fishing but most areas have been reduced to accessing ice by foot traffic only. There is still some thick ice out there but shorelines have started opening up and many areas of ice have deep slush and some water on top to deal with. Enforcement activity included a report of a swan that was shot and otter being taken out of season.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) monitored area trappers testing their luck. A few trappers had some luck but had some issues with rising waters with melting snow. Anglers tested their luck in Isle Bay on Mille Lacs but not many fish were seen. Enforcement action was taken for failure to display ATV registration. Please ensure you ATV registration in up to date for the upcoming season.

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked a dwindling number of anglers as local ice is getting slushing and is starting to pull away from shore. He also checked some beaver trappers, processed some confiscations, and winterized some equipment.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) fielded calls during the week regarding sick or injured deer, dead eagles, state forest ATV trail closures and depredation related issues. Officer Speldrich also checked anglers who were found out on her lakes enjoying the weather and looking for fish. Officer Speldrich completed investigations for prosecution and appeared in district court. The case stemmed from a case where a bear hunter was charged with trespass and other bear hunting related charges. After consultation with his attorney, the suspect pled guilty to the charges.