District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-07-22

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) received complaints of horses illegally using the Paul Bunyan Trail north of Merrifield. Officer Guida worked boat and watercraft enforcement with most boaters in compliance of US Coast Guard Regulations. Some PWCs were operating during illegal hours (after one hour before sunset) and were issued citations. Officer Guida assisted the district and worked with a neighboring Officer as part of the Lower Hay Lake fireworks detail.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Crow Wing and Cass counties for angling activity. Numerous anglers were observed out angling and reported fair fishing success. CO McGowan also spent time patrolling for AIS violations.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked boats at area accesses for invasive species, and checked boater and anglers. Beaver permits were issued for flooding problems, complaints for commercial minnow trapping issues were investigated, and the officer followed up on progress of court cases going through the system.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week who were reporting a so-so bite on area lakes for both walleye and pan fish. Officer Lee received calls this past regarding beaver issues arising from damaging to destroying large sections of trees. Officer Lee followed up on an AIS complaint that Officer Lee received from a Lake Access Inspector. The party was issued a citation for transporting Aquatic Macrophytes.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The anglers are out and the walleye bite continues to be slow. The pan fish have been most cooperative fish to bite. Violations he observed were transport live fish and no license. He worked on aquatic invasive species prevention on Gull Lake plugs in boats, water in live wells and aquatic vegetation on trailers were found. He worked on a report of loud music from campers in the Pillsbury Forest; the music was found and problem was corrected. He assisted Cass County with no boat light after sunset complaints on Gull Lake. He worked on Lake Superior with the Marine Unit checking sport fishermen and commercial fishermen. Violations included no trout stamp, extra lines, and expired registration.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports spending time in the BWCA on a work detail. Officers encountered several outdoors enthusiasts enjoying the great outdoors. CO Peterson also followed up a few cases of ATV trespass in Wildlife Management Areas in her station.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety and trail use and construction site security in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and Brainerd area lakes. He responded to a personal injury mountain bike accident in the rec area, assisting a rider with a broken arm. He also completed required safety training.