Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and enforced boating safety laws, worked ongoing cases, and patrolled for illegal ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked ATV activity, boating, AIS, and sport fishing. He patrolled state park areas, state forests, answered questions and took complaints on various wildlife issues, and checked public water accesses. Violations included ATV?s on roadway, ATV equipment, and speeding. First fawn of the season was seen hidden in the grass along a county road. Leave young critters alone, their parents are likely nearby. If you don?t, you may face criminal charges.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked boat and water safety, checked anglers, monitored OHV activity, and attended training. The area walleye bite was good this week. Enforcement action was taken for angle in closed area, license issues, and possess illegal length walleye.

CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) spent time last week checking angling activity and followed up on a couple littering complaints. She handled a nuisance bear call and continues to work on other case follow-up in the area.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity in the area with the walleye bite being pretty good on area lakes. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for angling without a license, possessing a walleye from within the closed slot, failing to have registration for a watercraft, and for not having an angling license in possession.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) checked anglers, boaters, ATV activity, and AIS compliance. The poor weather conditions did not prevent anglers from trying their luck on area lakes. The weather appears to have slowed fishing success down for the time being. Enforcement action was taken for illegal length walleye, no trout stamp, no angling license in possession, and failure to display current boat registration.