District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked commercial minnow trappers and retailers, worked trout lakes, snowmobilers and anglers. Time was spent working the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Violations included unattended lines, angle with extra lines, angle without a license and shelter license violations.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked on anglers in the area with varied success reported. Shelters were coming off the ice with the approaching deadline for removal. Activities at the Eelpout Festival were worked as well. Enforcement contacts were mainly ATV registration and equipment violations. A few Firearms Safety classes will begin soon. A reminder to parents to not wait until fall to get their youth signed up for a class.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing and snowmobile activity with nothing unusual to report. Received calls regarding issues with someone unable to purchase a license through the ELS system; call regarding use of a golf cart on the ice; call regarding log decking at a public access site in the Longville station

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers and recreational vehicles during the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Enforcement action was taken for many unsafe recreational vehicle uses and angling violations. CO Mathy also continued working on enforcement related matters for the upcoming bear committee meeting.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) spent the majority of his week on Walker Bay of Leech Lake working eel pout festival. Time was also spent working lakes in his station. Angling and spearing activity was low on lakes other than Leech. ATV, ORV and snowmobile activities were monitored. Enforcement action included license and registration issues for angling and recreational vehicles. Several anglers were cited for using extra lines and unattended lines. One man received a summons for burning an entertainment center and couch on Walker Bay, sending clouds of toxic smoke downwind into the crowds participating in Eelpout festivities. CO Shroyer took enforcement action for controlled substance crimes including, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling and spearing activity. Angling and spearing success continues to be slow. CO Broughten worked the annual Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake where multiple violations were addressed. CO Broughten arrested an individual for operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol. The individual was shocked he was going to jail for DWI even though he stated he would not operate his car in his current condition. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, underage consumption of alcohol, possession of small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, angle with unattended lines, angle with tip up more than 200 feet away, careless operation of ATV, no adult ATV safety, and ATV DUI.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked fishermen on the last week of walleye and northern seasons. Contacts were made for no spearing license and illegal length northern.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) attended to user group quarterly meetings. She shuttled equipment to storage facilities, completed office administrative duties and reports, and assisted workcrew efforts with fishing and recreation vehicle pressure during the Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake