District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports checking several anglers on area lakes. She followed up on an over limit tip of crappies and assisted a neighboring officer with some additional follow up.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including investigating suspected predator depredation of livestock, inspecting fish houses on area lakes for marking and licensing compliance, checking fishing activity on area lakes, handling incidentally caught fisher, and working the new winter trout fishing season opener on the mine pit lakes in the Cuyuna State Recreational Area. Numerous anglers and pike spearers were found out on the mine pit lakes trying their luck on bodies of water that had previously been closed to fishing since the 1960s and 1970s. Although the trout bite was found to be overall very slow, one 38-inch lake trout was found to be taken, and several pike spearers were found having success and taking quality size pike. Enforcement contacts were made for issues including no trout stamps, fish house marking and licensing, and ATV and snowmobile registration violations.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The ice anglers were still out trying their luck. Violations he observed were unattended lines and extra hooks. He investigated a report of special regulation violation on Mission Lake. The angler dressed and cleaned an illegal length northern. The angler explained he didn?t know of the special regulations and a citation was issued. The ice conditions are good; however, slush and large pressure ridges have developed on some lakes. He worked with a Cass County Deputy on complaints of speeding snowmobilers on Gull Lake. Other violations observed were no safety certificate and expired registration.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers who were reporting so-so success on area lakes. Officer Lee received a call in regards to strange activity of a gray wolf. The reporting party stated that the wolf entered a shed pulled from it a deer carcass and tore it apart in the yard. The reporting party has had deprivation issues with wolves and cattle in the past with the most recent occurring in mid-December of this past year. The information was confirmed by Officer Lee and passed on to the USDA Wildlife Services. After investigation by USDA Wildlife Services, and Officer Lee the incident was confirmed a personal safety issue with traps being set by the USDA Wildlife Services. Enforcement actions taken this past week included no shelter registration and no angling license.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and all-terrain vehicle enforcement. Over limit information was received and investigations are pending. Officer Guida saw two youth operating all-terrain vehicles across a divided state highway and continued directly down the paved county road at a high rate of speed. The youth, who were safety certified, were stopped and the adult allowing the illegal operation was notified and enforcement action was taken. Both youth were reminded of the training that they had taken and the conditions that need to exist in order for youth to operate in the right of way.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling enforcement throughout the week. Assistance was also given to Officer Hadrits with new ice angling opportunities opening in the Crosby area mine lakes.