Created: 02/03/2014 2:57 PM WDIO.com
By: Minnesota DNR
Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers provided the following reports on conditions and recent activities in the Northland:
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports angling and snowmobiling activity was down this past weekend in spite of the warmer weather and a decent trout bite on Burntside Lake. Officer Williams responded to a call from an Ely resident who reported that she had a wolf living in her garage. When he arrived no animal was found but there was evidence of a canine being in the garage but the species could not be identified. Violations included angle without license in possession, fail to display shelter ID, and operating an unregistered snowmobile.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen and snowmobiles throughout the week and found little activity with the cold temperatures. Snowmobile registrations continue to be an issue and people are reminded to follow the law concerning sticker and number placement on snowmobiles to avoid special attention from law enforcement. Slow down on the trails, there are families with young children out there trying to use the trails as well.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the cold weather continues and not much outdoor activity going on. A few snowmobiles were observed, however the operators said that they were not putting many miles on due the cold. There is some local concern about the health of the deer herd due to the extreme cold and deep snow.
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobile activity in the area increasing and the ice fishing on Rainy Lake slowing with little success.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) investigated reports of dogs chasing deer. Dog owners are reminded that it is a dog’s natural instinct to chase and dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions if their pets are seen chasing or killing deer. Area snowmobile trails are in excellent condition. Enforcement action was taken for operating a snowmobile on the shoulder of the roadway. When CO Frericks stopped the snowmobiler he asked him why he was riding on the shoulder when a grant-in-aid trail was about 50 yards away, the snowmobiler replied that the trail was usually very rough. Having ridden the trail earlier in the day CO Frericks knew it was a great shape. A citation was issued.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent time on area snowmobile trails checking for registration compliance and state trail speed enforcement. One individual stated he wasn’t watching his speed because he was busy reading the signs along the trail that said - speed kills. An individual was contacted whose sled was sitting on a trail broke down for the last two weeks. Fishing activity was checked with few people out and few fish being caught.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that the designated trout lakes gave up some nice fish during the week. The CO saw some nice splake and rainbows. The nice weather brought out lots of anglers over the weekend and the snowmobile trails were also busy.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) continued ice angling work throughout the week with limited success had by anglers. CO Sutherland worked snowmobiling activity with the local trails looking great. CO Sutherland took action for snowmobiling it a closed area.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) followed up with a big game investigation from the deer season that resulted in violations and seized firearms.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) reports angling and spearing success slowed with the cold fronts moving through the area. Some crappie angling success was observed.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) took a few calls about the concern for local deer that appeared to be injured or suffering due to the extreme winter.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) found anglers reporting a much slower bite during the week. One angler spent hours fishing for his eye glasses from the bottom of the lake with the aid of his underwater camera.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports fishing success remains slow in the area. Snowmobile trails are in good shape. An investigation into illegally set snares in the area is ongoing where several snares were seized.
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked ice anglers on some of the frozen bays of Lake Superior. Salmon, whitefish, and a few pike are turning up in the bag. Cold temps have allowed much of the lake to freeze over, but wind continues to break up the ice on the main lake.
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