District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) concentrated on angling enforcement. The warm weekend temperatures brought out many anglers. Over limit complaints were investigated. Additional time was spent on trapping activity and the end of the muzzleloader deer season.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked ice fishermen throughout the week and looked for late muzzleloader hunters. Plautz instructed a snowmobile safety class certifying 10 students in the Bertha area. Folks were cited for no identification on fish houses, wanton waste, and fishing without a license. Ice conditions are deteriorating with lots of water on area lakes causing a very slippery mess.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and ice conditions in the area. Fishing has been slow on area lakes. Almost all the snow has melted in the area after the warm weather during the weekend. Ice conditions need to be checked before venturing out after Osborne learned of two different vehicles including an ATV going through the ice on area lakes.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports deteriorating ice conditions around Alexandria, with several reports of ATV?s, snowmobiles, and motor vehicles breaking through the ice. Anglers are urged to use extreme caution while on the ice. Fishing enforcement in both Douglas and Pope counties resulted in numerous violations, including several instances of extra lines, illegal drug possession, and unregistered ATVs. A snowmobile safety class was completed in Alex with nearly 60 students being certified. A special thanks to all the Alexandria area volunteer instructors for making the best of sketchy conditions.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work archery and muzzleloader deer hunting activity. Several more open deer hunting cases were closed with enforcement action taken. Additional time was spent working ice fishing and ATV activity on area waterways.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on muzzleloader deer hunters, pheasant hunter activity, ice fishing activity and ATV operation. A complaint about possible hunter harassment was handled. A few pheasant hunters are still out trying to bag that late season pheasant. Anderson received two separate calls on area lakes of vehicles being driven into open water while being lost in the fog. Time was issuing minnow interstate transportation permits and handling calls from the public regarding snowmobile safety classes, coyote hunting and fish house questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, deer hunters, pheasant hunters, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent on a work crew with CO Anderson on Lake Minnewaska and Trophy Lake. Fishermen should use caution on area lakes as four vehicles have broken through the ice on lakes in Stevens and Pope counties within the last few days. Baumbarger attended training and a meeting in St. Paul, and taught at the Pope County area youth snowmobile safety class. Complaints of deer carcasses being dumped in the ditch and fish houses left on public accesses where received.

Wheaton - vacant.