District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked anglers and shelters on area lakes. Special regulation lakes were worked along with a detail on Upper Red Lake. Parthun is investigating a case involving the taking of a deer out of season. Please call the TIP line with any information. Callers can remain anonymous and cash rewards are given. Enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV violations, angling with extra lines, over length fish, possession of immeasurable fish and unattended lines.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to check ice anglers. Fishing and angler activity his increased over the last week. Trapping activity has slowed with the lack of snow and the houndsmen along with the snowmobilers have had a complete lack of activity. ATV questions were raised with a local municipality. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession and for angling with extra lines. Anglers are reminded that identification has to be permanently affixed to the outside of the shelter, in addition to the registration.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on trapping, and sport fishing activity. Nothing unusual to report. Received a call regarding un-cleaned northern pike dumped in a road ditch. Received a call regarding tribal netting, the matter was referred.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers. The warm weather and accessible ice drew a crowd. Pressure ridges are continuing to win a battle with angler?s vehicles; be careful where you drive on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, unattended lines, no license, possess marijuana, and unregistered recreational vehicles.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) worked ice angling enforcement on area lakes. ATV and snowmobile operators were checked on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for juveniles operating snowmobile without helmets, adult operating snowmobile without safety training certificate, and registration issues. ATV enforcement action was taken for registration issues. Enforcement action was also taken for angling without license, no license in possession, angling with extra lines, using game fish as bait, and unattended lines. Marijuana was seized and enforcement action was taken for possession.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling and spearing activity. Angling and spearing success still remains low in the Longville area lakes. Snowmobilers continue to wait for snowmobiling conditions. CO Broughten handled calls of car injured deer, injured swan, and trapping questions. CO Broughten also assisted with snowmobile enforcement in the Ely area.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked ice fishermen and checked aeration systems on area lakes.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) checked shelters, recreation vehicle registrations and licenses this week. She attended user group meetings. She followed up on investigations and completed necessary reports.