District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports recreational boating traffic dropped off steeply after the long independence day weekend, and between storms most lakes were full of anglers. Angling success was good overall with the best success reported with northern pike. Violations included: angling without a license, failing to have a legal lifesaving device on board a watercraft, and operating a watercraft without navigational lights.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen in the Ely area and found success to be slow. Boaters are reminded that a ?throwable? lifesaving device is required on motorboats that are over 16 foot long. People often ask what they are for. Throwing a wearable PFD to someone else does not work very well, but the ?throwable? cushion or ring buoy can be tossed to help someone else who is in trouble.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) did a wilderness canoe patrol during the week. There were many empty lakes in the BWCAW. Unregistered canoes, kayaks and people without fishing licenses were encountered. Some were in watercrafts with no life jackets at all. One person reported the neighborhood bear wandering down the Devil Track Road with a bag of garbage in its mouth. Obviously it was looking for some shade to enjoy a picnic lunch.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked boaters and anglers at lake access and on the water. Boaters are reminded that only emergency response boats are exempt from the state?s AIS rules on boat plug removal: boating on only one lake does not exempt you. The officer also checked ATV riders and followed up on open cases.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily on maintenance and storage of equipment, managing evidence, preparing for academy instruction, and working AIS and ATVs.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) received several bear complaints over the week. A few of them were general complaints that they saw a bear in the woods. Time was also spent working on complaints of people illegally driving street vehicles on state grant-in-aid ATV trail to access an area lake near Silver Bay.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on inland lakes and Lake Superior. The walleye bite has slowed on inland lakes but the bass anglers are having plenty of action. ATV trails were monitored and nuisance animal calls were returned. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing and ATV enforcement activity during the week. Several nuisance wildlife calls were handled and area state parks were patrolled. Murray responded with other officers to a report of a watercraft fire on Lake Superior. Contact was made with the watercraft and it was a false alarm and was not in distress.