District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports turkey hunters and anglers continue to have good success in the area. Reports of truck mudding in a WMA were received and questions were answered for various topics. Some follow-up investigations were concluded with persons admitting responsibility.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked anglers throughout the week. A fisherman was found fishing without a valid license resulting in a citation. Two separate ATV safety classes were completed certifying nearly 50 students in the area. Plautz checked on a shoreline excavation complaint as well. A firearms safety class was attended and Plautz spoke to the youth regarding rules, regulations and safety aspects of hunting.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activities checking fishermen, boaters and AIS compliance. Complaints were handled regarding litter, ATV operation and fishermen keeping walleye/northern pike during closed season. Additional time was spent working the border waters fishing opener on Traverse Lake. A car-killed deer possession permit was issued and an accidentally caught otter was seized.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVs and OHMs. Several injured animal calls were taken including car killed deer possession permits. Fires were checked in the area for permits and prohibited materials.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports steady fishing pressure both from shore and boats with time was spent working hot crappie and sunfish bites. Plenty of young new anglers were out for the first time enjoying the sport. Turkey hunting continues in the area with a few reports of hunter success as well as illegal activity received. Several fishing violations were addressed this past week. CO Lawler watched one fisherman from a distance for over one hour fishing for crappies using two poles, each rigged with bobbers and minnows. When approached, he denied the violation saying he was simply switching back and forth between the two rods. A few moments later, an admission was obtained.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on boating and fishing at the South Dakota/Minnesota border waters fishing opener. A few violations were encountered and handled. Walleye taken before legal season, unattended lines, not enough PFDs and PFDs kept in a locked compartment on the boat. Several good educational contacts with boaters regarding AIS law compliance were made this weekend. Anderson is working with the division of waters on a protected waters excavation violation in Traverse County. Minnow transportation permits were reviewed and issued this past week. Calls from the public were handled regarding fishing and FAS class questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports checking fishermen, boaters, monitoring AIS compliance, and checking turkey hunters. Several potential public waters and wetland violations were investigated. Baumbarger talked about B&W safety at the annual ?Touch the Truck? for youth event at the Minnewaska Area High School, where about 150 kids were in attendance.

Wheaton - vacant.