District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers on local lakes. Snowmobile operators were also checked on the Red Lake River and grant-in-aid trails. Time was also spent working the annual winter lake trout opener in Cook County. Several trout anglers and snowmobile operators were encountered.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked snowmobile, trapping, angling, ATV and predator hunting activities. He continued to close out a litter case, participated in a radio talk show and spoke about laws at a snowmobile safety class. Thanks to all of the volunteer instructors.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and shelters, answered a few wildlife nuisance complaints.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked fishermen on area lakes. Anglers are reporting mixed success. CO Vollbrecht worked with CO Holt on Red Lake throughout the week. Anglers are reminded the walleye limit drops from three fish to two fish on January 23. CO Vollbrecht monitored snowmobile activity on area trails. Trails are in poor condition due to limited snowfall, but a few people were out enjoying the trails.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) focused on angling activity throughout the week. Recreational vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest was monitored and time was spent working Upper Red Lake with CO Vollbrecht. Time was also spent checking into a minnow trapping complaint. Enforcement activity for the week included angling without license in possession, angling with extra lines, over limit of walleye and possession of drug paraphernalia.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports taking calls of dogs chasing deer, another vehicle through the ice on Ottertail Lake and assisting the Minnesota State Patrol with a couple of vehicles that had slid off the road during a freezing rain event. CO Vinton tracked down the owner of a shelter that had been vandalized and left on the ice in pieces. The owner was very grateful for the call. Enforcement action was taken for failure to display registration on an ATV, no license in possession and extra lines.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked anglers and spearers, fish activity was slow. Enforcement action was taken on numerous violations of failure to display shelter license while unoccupied.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen, doing aeration inspections, assisted other officer with complaint of party shooting nuisance turkeys and assisted sheriff?s office with a drunk driver. Fishing action was spotty with most fishermen not having great luck.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity on area waters. CO Warren attended a youth ice angling tournament on Detroit Lake. The tournament had a great turnout of area youth. A few fish were caught but each angler was able to take home a door prize. Anglers were checked on Hanson Lake which was opened this past weekend for trout angling. Anglers checked were excited but had a pretty slow bite. CO Warren monitored activity at the snowmobile races on Detroit Lake. Follow up was conducted in regards to possible violation on area WMAs and a trapper who failed to register an otter was contacted.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity in the Moorhead area. With the fresh snow several eager snowmobilers were out, but there is still not enough snow in the area for grooming. Angling activity was high and it seems the bite has been a little more consistent than past weeks. A work detail on local lakes was worked with neighboring officers. The officer answered calls from the public regarding nuisance turkeys, ice fishing methods, and issued car killed deer permits. Enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession, angling without license, angling with extra lines, and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia