Last updated: 2017-04-24
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) responded to injured animal complaints and worked spring fish run activity. Enforcement action was taken for license issues.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) checked angling activity this past week. She worked on follow-up from illegal burning activities and also took several calls regarding the selling of smelt from Pokegama Lake. Selling and taking smelt is legal for personal consumption. There are other regulations regarding the taking, possessing, selling, transporting and use of smelt, which can be found on the DNR website.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked shore anglers and pan fishermen over the past week. Enforcement action was taken on one individual for keeping walleyes while ?sucker? fishing even though the walleye season didn?t open for over a month. The walleyes were hidden on a stringer down the river bank. They were released and able to continue their spawning process.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) focused on angling, boating, ATV, and AIS enforcement throughout the surrounding areas. CO Van Asch attended boating enforcement training held by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). The training was attended by several other MN Conservation Officers and officers from around the country. Time was also spent handling several nuisance animal complaints and preparing for upcoming safety classes.