District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-03-05

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports that with the close of the walleye and northern pike season, trout angling has picked up in the Ely area. Although fishing was generally slow, several lakes were seen producing excellent size fish. Violations included: angle with extra lines, take trout with no stamp, and possessing live bait on a designated trout lake.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked from snowmobile last week. Trout fishermen were out and having fair success. Some litter on the lakes from fishermen removing their houses. The snowmobile trails were in pretty good shape considering the amount of traffic they received. The lakes are bumpy due to the new snow and high winds. Remember to buy your new fishing license and trout stamp, and don?t rely on the clerk at the gas station to make sure you have what you need. Check it yourself before you head out.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked snowmobile trails and lakes, completed computer training, and answered questions about camping in the BWCA and the recently approved Tilbury Trail re-route. CO Manning participated in a joint BWCA patrol with US Forest Service Personnel utilizing sled dogs. The officer also took a report of a goat killed in the owner?s yard by a wolf.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) spent several days in Two Harbors preparing and testifying in a jury trial in which the defendant was convicted of all six charges. A fish house was burned on Birch Lake between Vintage Bay and Bob?s Bay on the north side. Anyone with information please call this officer as a terrible mess of hardware, glass, plastic, tar paper, etc. was left. Time was also spent on angling, snowmobile, and litter enforcement with enforcement action taken for litter, snowmobile speed, loud exhaust, and angling without a license.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spoke at North Shore mining about winter safety issues. Time was spent at Camp Ripley assisting with a shotgun armoring class. Anglers and snowmobilers were checked as well.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked area trout lakes and snowmobile trails. The officer taught an armoring class on the Remington 1187 at Camp Ripley with officers Oberg, Robinson, and Schottenbauer. Snowmobile trails remain in good condition with a lot of riders out enjoying them.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and snowmobile activity over the busy weekend. Fishing success improved with many anglers having good luck with salmon and lake herring. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and failure to stop at road crossings on snowmobiles.