Last updated: 2017-01-17
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angler activity and the motor vehicle they used to get there. Snowmobile trails were in good condition and bringing a lot of sleds out for the first time this year. Operators need to have registrations affixed before hitting the trails. CO Verkuilen also dealt with fishing contest concerns and addressed a trespassing complaint.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a work detail for Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods in the bitter cold. The very cold yet brief temperatures slowed fishing down for a bit, but fish were still biting. Recreation vehicles that were traveling on the lakes were checked as well. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unmeasurable fish, possessing fillets on special regulation lakes, and over limits of fish.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen with most having some luck at catching fish. The officer monitored snowmobile traffic with quite a few sleds out but the trails were showing wear after the busy weekend. CO Fitzgerald fielded calls regarding collector snowmobile permits and also car kill deer permits were issued. A call of someone dumping fish on an area lake and a call of an abandoned snowmobile were investigated. Enforcement action included various ATV, snowmobile, and fishing violations.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked ice fishing activity and found walleyes to be biting very well. Anglers should use extreme caution on Lake Mille Lacs, as high winds and variable temperatures have caused ice ridges to open up and become unsafe. CO Starr assisted with upcoming safety class preparation and fielded questions from the public related to snowmobile trails. A reminder to snowmobile sellers/buyers that ownership must be transferred upon sale or purchase of snowmobile.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked trout anglers for the trout opener on Minnesota?s inland lakes. Mild weather conditions brought out more trout anglers than usual causing trout lakes to be very busy. The calm winds and clear skies did not help with catching fish as many trout anglers that were checked were able to find fish but struggled getting them to bite. There was also some snowmobiling activity on area lakes and a handful of sled owners dealt with needed to renew their registration.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking anglers in the Pine City area. He took calls on nuisance animal questions, safety class questions, and questions on shelter licensing. Ice on area waters had varied depths with 13" being found in most locations. Pan fish are the majority of fish seen in angler's buckets.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) assisted the area snowmobile club with some trail maintenance in the Wealthwood State Forest. A logger cutting in the area was very helpful using a harvester to clear the trail from storm damage occurring during the summer. Another reminder to look at registration before heading out on ATV and snowmobiles and respect private property lines. Enforcement action taken on fishing and recreational vehicle violations.