Last updated: 2017-01-17
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) has been working snowmobile enforcement and ice fishing predominantly. The bite varies from lake to lake, but some over limits have been discovered. Snowmobile violations have been noted, mostly registration issues. Underage drinking has been an issue over the holiday weekend.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers on West Metro district area lakes. He met with staff from Vietnamese Social Services and the Karen Organization of Minnesota to discuss outreach activities and recruitment. He worked the 2017 winter trout opener in Carver County. Enforcement action was taken for taking trout in closed season, angling with extra line, no trout stamp validation, and no angling license in possession.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) had a busy week checking anglers, snowmobilers, and ATV operators. Snowmobilers enjoyed the fresh snowfall and with temperatures staying cool they were able to take advantage of some trail and ditch riding. CO Leuthardt also worked with neighboring officers during the winter trout opener. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, angling without a license in possession, over limit of trout, underage drinking, various snowmobile and ATV violations, and several ice shelter licensing violations.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked snowmobiling and fishing activities on the metro area lakes and trails. He attended a meeting in central office regarding outreach to the Asian community on hunting, fishing, and career information with the DNR. He also received calls on animal complaints and firearm safety classes.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and monitoring snowmobile activity. CO Grewe gave a presentation at Hennepin County Water Patrol about fishing enforcement and also attended a fishing event with a local Cub Scout group. Violations this week included no fishing license in possession and angling with extra lines.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) conducted snowmobile patrol on area trails and lakes. It was discovered that there was thin ice on Lake Sarah where the trail connects on the northwest side of the lake. The local snowmobile club was aware and arranged to have the trail routed around the thin ice. Time was also spent on the trout opener. Enforcement action was taken for expired snowmobile registration, fishing in a closed season, and no license in possession.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent most of the week checking ice houses for proper identification and licensing. A reminder to anglers leaving their houses overnight, two square inches of reflection is needed on each side of the shelter for the safety of people traveling on the lake at nighttime. Fishing has been slow, reports have been of small perch biting throughout the metro.
Bloomington - vacant.
Ft. Snelling - vacant.