Last updated: 2017-02-22
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports ice conditions have changed significantly. Ice recommendations are based on solid clear ice, not mushy spring ice, and caution for any vehicle travel is advised. Most ice shelters have been removed from area lakes over the weekend. Anglers are reminded that a new license will be required by March 1st. Canada geese have been observed around the Fergus Falls area in increasing numbers CO Richards also held a snowmobile safety class in Underwood.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked ice anglers throughout the week. Unseasonably warm temperatures have caused anglers to remove almost all fish houses from area lakes. A trespass complaint was investigated, litter complaints were handled, and car kill deer possession tags were issued.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) continued checking ice fishermen and shelters throughout the week. A call on an injured owl was handled. CO Nelson also worked with local instructors setting up a spring FAS class.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, investigated fishing complaints in Otter Tail County, and checked lakes for fish house removal and deteriorating ice conditions. Complaints of fish over limits, dumping fish along the side of the road, and illegal burning were received and investigated. Records management information was updated on current cases.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused time on fishing activity with the recent warm weather. Lots of anglers are still out despite messy conditions. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations throughout the week. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer working a local fishing tournament with nearly 1,000 participants. Assistance was also provided to the Douglas County Sheriff?s Office as well as questions regarding OHM?s and trespassing complaints.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work angling and spearing enforcement on area waterways. Warm weather and forecasted rain will make the ice and access points somewhat unpredictable so anglers should exercise caution, especially with motor vehicle travel. The Smith Lake fishing tournament was worked with an estimated 1,000 people taking part. Predator hunting, ATV, and fire activity was worked throughout the week and follow up was done on a waters case from last fall. Assistance was provided to local law enforcement agencies with calls for service.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working ice fishing, commercial license, and ATV enforcement. Miscellaneous wildlife calls were received and minnow transportation permits were issued.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ATV activity and ice fishermen. CO Anderson worked with a neighboring officer on Lake Minnewaska. Ice conditions deteriorated rapidly with this week?s warm weather and rain. Fish houses have been almost completely removed from area lakes. CO Anderson worked on setting up for the Morris areas firearms safety training class. Calls from the public were fielded regarding fish house removal dates, nuisance turkeys, and ice conditions.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen and ATV operators. Additional time was spent investigating a complaint of shoreline alteration, and patrolling public access sites for violations of storing fish houses overnight.