Enforcement information


Regulations, rules, training

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-01-23

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports GIA trails have been destroyed by the mild temperatures. Much of the snow on area lakes has disappeared as well. Anglers are cautioned that ice pressure ridges are typical when mild temperatures occur. Crappie anglers are finding an eager bite on several area lakes but walleye action has diminished. Enforcement action was taken for angling and shelter violations.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent much time this week patrolling and monitoring the snowmobile trails around the area. Warm temps have deteriorated the trails considerably and activity was low. CO Plautz continues to work on multiple fish houses that do not have any identification or shelter tags attached. Fishing and littering enforcement were monitored as well. CO Plautz assisted the OTCSO with a juvenile that had left an education facility and was walking down a snowmobile trail. She was able to locate the young boy on her snowmobile and get him to safety.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, fish shelters, and snowmobilers. CO Nelson reports snowmobile trails have really deteriorated with the warm weather. A snowmobile safety class was attended in Ashby and aeration inspections were performed. Fishermen are reminded to check ice conditions as they may change rapidly with the recent warm weather/rain.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATV?s, and snowmobiles. CO Osborne investigated complaints of coyote hunters trespassing on private property. Most of the snow in the area has melted with the warm temperatures over the weekend making the trails a mess.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused enforcement efforts on ice fishing and snowmobiling activity throughout the station. Activity was high until the very warm weather melted most of the snow. Angling with extra lines, angling without a license, and ATV registration violations were handled. Lots of questions from the public were taken about coyote hunting, icehouse licensing, and snowmobile trails.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working angling and spearing activity on area waterways. Snowmobile activity and snow conditions were great to start the week, but warm temps and rain have all but ended the season for now. Additional time was spent working predator hunting and trapping activity, and deer season cases/investigations continue to be closed out.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ice fishing and snowmobile activity. The warm weather recently brought snowmobiling to a halt. CO Anderson received complaints about persons chasing coyotes with snowmobiles in the area. Equipment maintenance was done on the station ATV and calls from the public were fielded regarding youth FAS classes, ice fishing, and coyote hunting questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV, and snowmobile operators. Additional time was spent checking predator hunters, and answering fishing related questions.