Lake Superior Marine Unit

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Keith Olson (Marine Unit) reports the North Shore rivers are just starting to open up. Plenty of pack ice on the Duluth end of Lake Superior. Some shore anglers are picking the spots of open water. He assisted the St. Louis Sheriff?s Office with blocking local roads due to flooding concerns. He monitored local trails for ATV/ORV use during the spring wet season. Officer Olson checked inland streams for stream trout opener. The snow cover in the woods is still knee deep and a few anglers attempted to snow shoe into local trout streams.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) spent the week checking anglers along Lake Superior. Many are showing up to fish, and sometimes having to change plans depending on where the ice has drifted to. Officer Ter Meer has not seen anyone fishing the rivers yet, but plenty of people looking and ready. The Duluth entry gates to the south pier are now open, so depending on where the ice had drifted some are trying there. He has heard from many ready to get out onto Lake Superior in their boats once accesses open up. Online department training was also completed.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Unit) checked a few ice anglers on the sheltered harbors where some ice remains. A meeting was attended with DNR Fisheries regarding upcoming commercial activities. A case from last fall was prepped for court. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.