District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-06-28

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports checking on complaints of angling activity and illegal docks. Angling and boat safety continue to be the primary enforcement action.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) investigated low water levels on an area lake due to beaver activity and issued nuisance beaver permits for township authority. Plautz received numerous wildlife calls such as: injured baby blue jay, raccoon in a trap with landowner not sure what to do with it, and baby ducks in town. Plautz worked on equipment maintenance as well.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) investigated several aquatic plant removal and shoreline alteration complaints. One complaint involved a landowner who removed cattails, altered Lake Bottom and filled in a wetland without any permits. Another complaint involved a lakeshore owner who installed and operated his weedroller before receiving his permit to do so. When the APM specialist came to inspect the weedroller the owner had the weedroller going. The specialist told him that he couldn?t have it running before a permit was issued. His response was if I get a ticket, then I get a ticket. He was obliged.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports busy station lakes and rivers. Boaters and anglers are out in force with beautiful temps and calm winds. Fishermen reported panfish and walleye success at low light periods. Enforcement action was taken this week involving angling without a license, expired watercraft registration and insufficient number of PFDs. Multiple instances of combination angling licenses being purchased by couples not legally married, making them invalid. Please know the license requirements before purchasing as you are ultimately responsible.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen and boaters.
CO?s Anderson and Baumbarger worked the vacant Wheaton station on Lake Traverse and the Mustinka River. A complaint of an individual selling walleyes was handled. The common violation was boaters with no PFDs. Minnow transportation permits were reviewed and issued and calls from the public were handled regarding taking of rough fish, boating safety questions and fishing questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, boaters, and monitoring AIS law compliance. Additional time was spent issuing beaver removal permits, and answering calls about nuisance animals and upcoming safety classes.

Wheaton - vacant.