District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-05-19

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) took a call of an injured eagle and many calls and questions regarding the AIS training for boat owners that has not gone into effect. On last week?s fishing opener CO Kuske watched a very experienced five-year-old casting from shore and he caught a good sized smallmouth bass that was about as big as he was. The youth didn?t miss a beat and picked the heavy fish up by the mouth for the photo opportunity. CO Kuske asked the youth if they knew what kind of fish it was and he said, ?A smallmouth!? Many adult anglers wouldn?t have been able to answer that fast.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked anglers and watercraft. A concentrated effort was made on a bow fishing complaint area. Rain and wind kept activity minimal over the weekend.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the weekend working AIS in Dakota, Scott, and Hennepin counties with WREO Block. Enforcement action was taken this week for AIS violations, possess bass during closed season, no angling license, insufficient boat safety equipment, and overlimit/double tripping on crappies. Wetland restoration orders were also served.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) took a TIP complaint regarding a double tripping incident that resulted in an over limit. CO Silgjord received multiple calls regarding bears damaging bird feeders and roaming the City of Melrose. To keep bears from returning residents should refrain from feeding birds or other wildlife for several weeks. This will usually get the bear to move on. CO Silgjord also assisted with a nuisance bear issue.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked turkey hunters. CO Mies gave fur and trapping talks at Ney Park over 250 kids were present. CO Mies also checked anglers and AIS on area lakes.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked bow fishing activity finding high violation rates, including shooting and wasting game fish, litter, navigational light issues and PFD issues. Second time check on bow fishing group from two weeks ago that had six violations had most things corrected except the throw type floatation, in which they used a wearable life vest with a rope tied to it thinking that would suffice; enforcement action taken.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received a complaint from a livestock owner about two calves being attacked and killed, presumably by a wolf. After looking at the type of injuries and tracks left in the area it has been determined that the kills were made by someone?s dogs left to roam the area unattended. Assistance is being given to the farmer in identifying the dog?s owner. CO Kuske issued a Resource Protection Notice to an individual that built a road through a wetland, dug a pond and placed fill in the wetland and created a ditch to drain the wetland. AIS inspections were completed at area public access sites, but boating and fishing activity this past week was slow.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers and nuisance animals. TIP calls were handled dealing with over limits. Bear sightings were noted in Melrose and Albany areas. Crappie action on most lakes has been good with a few walleyes being seen as well.

St. Cloud - vacant.