District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports checking ice fishing activity, taking in incidental fisher, and giving presentations on natural resources law enforcement and furbearing animals to high school students studying wildlife forensic science. Ice shelter owners are reminded that all unoccupied shelters must be off the lakes in this area by midnight, March 2.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked angling activity on area lakes. Officer Guida received a call from a fish shelter owner stating that he wanted an extension to the removal deadline because his tractor was at a job site for at least another two weeks. The owner was advised of the removal deadline. Officer Guida assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff?s Office with the location of a female who had driven her passenger vehicle on the snowmobile trail. Officer Guida attended an elementary school function where a book about bears was read to the kindergartners and as a result hopefully bear license sales should peak in a few years.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling enforcement throughout the week. Time was also spent assisting Ely officers with snowmobile and angling enforcement.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week with slow success being reported by many anglers on area lakes. Officer Lee assisted a fellow officer with a firearms deer violation case in which parties involved were interviewed in regards to numerous violations. Officer Lee was able to close two open shelter license investigations this past week. One incident involved a shelter tag and shelter ID violation, and the other also consisted of a shelter tag violation, along with a large littering violation. Officer Lee assisted with enforcement duties at the Eelpout Fest held on Leech Lake this past week. Enforcement actions taken included angle with extra lines, unattended lines, no fishing licenses, careless operation of ATVs and DWI violations by operators of ATVs. While investigating a shelter tag violation on an area lake, Officer Lee uncovered that the party original checked fishing inside the shelter on an earlier date was not only the owner of the shelter, but had broken into the shelter on different occasions to fish. All information learned during the investigation was turned over to the Sheriff?s Department for further investigation and charges.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Upper Red Lake and Leech Lake throughout the week and weekend. CO McGowan assisted at Leech Lake for Eelpout Festival which brought many people out on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for angle with extra lines, illegal length walleye, possession of narcotics, ATV/snowmobile violations, and several people were arrested for DWI.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored angling, coyote hunting and snowmobile activity in the Brainerd Lakes Area.