Enforcement information


Regulations, rules, training

District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2017-03-27

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers on area lakes. Some shore anglers are beginning to fish open water areas near lake inlet and outlet areas. Time was also spent following up with a fish house that was left out after the fish house removal date. Possible public water violations were also checked with the area DNR hydrologist.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) monitored fish run, checked area lakes, and did an interview for another officer out of the region.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Pan fish continue to bite on most area lakes. Closed trails and forest roads were patrolled. Time was taken to prepare equipment for an upcoming airboat course.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) monitored area angling activity and ice house removal. Time was also spent checking commercial minnow trapping. CO Holt patrolled roads and trails in the White Earth State Forest for recreational vehicle use.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports ice conditions have deteriorated to the point that anglers should think twice before venturing onto the ice. Reports of ATVs and anglers on foot falling through the ice were received. OHM and ATV complaints were investigated. Local fire departments were called to several wildfire calls since the snow has melted. Please check the local area?s burn permit requirements prior to burning.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports spending the week working fishermen and following up on complaints of persons shooting geese and ATV issues. Fishermen need to check the ice before venturing out. A few people are still using ATV?s but the ice is pulling away from shore preventing access. An influx of waterfowl was seen in the area.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring spring trapping, ATV, and angling activity in the Moorhead station. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly in the area with open water and soft ice on the edges of area lakes, effectively ending the ice fishing season for most anglers. Calls from the public included angling questions and a report of a vehicle trespassing on a waterfowl production area. The officer taught the law and ethics portion of the Glyndon and Moorhead firearms safety classes and attended court in Becker County. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession, fail to display valid ATV registration, and operating an ATV with too many passengers.