District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area lakes and rivers for angling activity and aquatic invasive species was worked at landings. Schmidt attended annual in-service training and a district meeting.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) participated in annual training at Camp Ripley. Many hours were spent working area lakes for fishing, boating and AIS enforcement. Several complaints were investigated involving illegal fishing. Several violations for not having navigation lights were encountered. Life jacket compliance over the first week of fishing has been the best CO Duncan has seen during his career.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked anglers, boaters, turkey hunters and worked OHV, AIS and fire enforcement during the week. Anglers fared much better than on opener with good catches seen and reported. Several calls and complaints were received which included nuisance animals, boating and OHV operation, public water access and wetland concerns, Tribal netting and illegal burning. CO Humphrey attended an area district meeting and completed squad maintenance. Angling, boating, burning, recreational vehicle and AIS violations were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a district meeting and checked several anglers in the area. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, angle without license in possession and using game fish as bait. Extra patrols for ATVs in the area resulted in enforcement action being taken for no safety certificate, operating without valid registration, moving, and equipment violations. Extra patrols were also conducted in area state parks where contacts were made for being in the park after hours and permit violations. One stop of a vehicle resulted in the driver being cited for DAR and the passenger going to jail on a warrant