Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) met with two high school seniors and assisted with their senior project. Officer Duncan also was a guest speaker at a steelhead/fly-fishing clinic put on by the Lake Superior Steelhead Association. Many people were checked fishing during the week. Snowmobiling activity has been high with area trails being in excellent condition. Skiers on area cross-country ski trails were checked for ski passes.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area grant-in-aid and state snowmobile trails. Trails are still in great condition. Local lakes and rivers were checked for angling activity. Some anglers are reporting an improved pan fish bite. A vehicle struck eagle was recovered and retained for educational purposes. The officer attended a meeting at Camp Ripley.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended a work detail in Finland area for the St. Urho’s day festival. He checked snowmobilers in the Duluth area. He responded to a complaint of someone keeping a live bobcat captive in a garage. The complaint was unfounded. Shore anglers in the Duluth area checked. Some Kamloops were showing up in the area.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked pan fish anglers on inland lakes and helped area officers with making sure ice shelters were removed from lakes by the deadline. A work crew was held in Lake County for the St. Urho’s Day celebration with few violations found. Trails continue to be nice in the Duluth and Two Harbors areas, with violations found for registration, trail sticker, and snowmobile safety training. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile, ATV, and angling violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking anglers along Lake Superior and on inland lakes. He also checked for fish house removal compliance and removal of debris. Snowmobile trails were also worked. Enforcement action was taken for angling, ATV, and snowmobile violations.