District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-06-30

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a work detail on Big Sandy Lake. Anglers and boaters were checked for compliance. The lake was moderately busy. ATV activity was monitored on area trails as there were a good number of people out. Enforcement action was taken for illegal length walleye, no fire extinguishers on required boats, insufficient PFDs on a watercraft and utilizing a PWC during closed hours.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working Operation Dry Water over the weekend on Mille Lacs Lake and on a work detail on Big Sandy Lake. Lots of boaters were contacted over the weekend. Patrol was done on area state and county land for ATV, OHM and forestry activity. Calls regarding permits for car kill deer and a car kill fox were fielded and a call of a nuisance bear was investigated. Time was also spent checking fishermen out on Mille Lacs Lake where a few keeper walleyes were seen and some northern pike and small mouth bass were being caught. The Officer also gave a law and ethics presentation to a group of Forkhorn campers at the Long Lake Conservation Center. The kids learned about laws and ethical hunting practices pertaining to Bow Hunting. Aquatic Invasive species enforcement was done around the Malmo Station. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing and boating related law violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked Operation Dry Water over the weekend. Violations encountered were angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, no navigation lights, no PFDs and careless operation. One individual was arrested on a warrant. Other violations encountered throughout the week included failing to extinguish a permitted fire and illegal ATV operation.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing, boating, and ATV activities with compliance found to be very good. One case of driving on road right of way with an ATV was followed up on and action taken. Operation Dry Water weekend found excellent compliance with recreational water users.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) worked lakes and concentrated on boat and water patrol during Operation Dry Water. Good weather and area fireworks displays kept lakes busy with boating activity. It was good to see a large number of kids wearing their life jackets while on the water. Those found wearing a life jacket was awarded a certificate for a free Dairy Queen treat. Enforcement action was taken for operating after dark without navigation lights, unregistered boats and insufficient PFDs. A few operators were also educated about unsafe boating and unsafe carrying of passengers.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week checking anglers and ATV activity in the Pine City area. He also answered questions regarding nuisance animals and issued nuisance beaver permits. CO Wynn spent the weekend working boating enforcement on Cross and Pokegama Lakes. CO Bret Grundmeier and CO Wynn worked the Pine City Freedom Fest Fireworks with approximately 100 boats on the water. Some light issues, registration issues, and safety equipment issues were addressed over the weekend.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. Fishing remains steady with mainly smaller walleye being caught on Mille Lacs during the week and weekend. TIP complaints were addressed along with added patrol for Operation Dry Water. Enforcement action taken included on fishing and boating violations.

WREO Rob Haberman worked Operation Dry Water around the Mille Lacs area. Many boaters where out and catching some fish. WREO Haberman also followed up on ATV?s in a wetland call received from the Aitkin County Sheriff?s Office. Over four people were cited for operating in a wetland. The violation is still being investigated with more charges to be filed for other individuals who were also partaking in the illegal activity. WREO Haberman also helped Baxter PD Officers capture and relocate some raccoons that were enjoying a Sunday stroll through the city.