Last updated: 2017-02-13
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) encountered an ice fisherman on Lake Waconia that had lost a rod and reel down the ice hole after a large fish bit on his line. The angler then caught a fish on his other line and pulled out a northern pike. Much to the surprise of the angler, the northern pike was still hooked to his pole that had gone under the ice. Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly so exercise great caution when going out on the ice now.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) spent time checking anglers on Minneapolis area lakes and at Fort Snelling State Park. He attended the DNR Fish and Wildlife public hearing and input meeting at the Laos Family Center and conducted a monthly inspection for aeration systems in an assigned station.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) checked anglers on the metro area lakes and continued to follow up on a big game TIP complaint in Minneapolis. He attended the deer planning meeting with the Asian community members at the Lao Family center and took calls on animal complaints. He also returned calls to the Asian community on firearm safety classes and small game hunting regulations.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week at detection training school with his K9 partner Shelby.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) patrolled area lakes for angling and ATV activity. Several miscellaneous animal complaints were also handled. CO Maass also investigated a possible abandoned fish house.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent the week checking shelters on the ice for proper identification and licensing. Enforcement action was taken for shelters left unoccupied overnight without being licensed and failure to display identification on shelter. Several phone calls were received regarding injured deer spotted in citizens? backyards.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) had a busy and productive week checking anglers, ice shelters, and attending the meetings of area wildlife organizations. CO Leuthardt conducted compliance checks on ice shelters and wants to remind users that all shelters require identification other than portable shelters that are occupied. She also investigated a report of angling harassment. Enforcement action was taken for no ice shelter identification, no angling license in possession, juvenile passengers with no helmet on an ATV, and various other violations.
Ft. Snelling vacant.