Created: 02/18/2014 12:44 PM WDIO.com
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobile activity picking up with warmer weather, trail conditions are good, but deteriorating towards end of long weekend. People are reminded to slow down and drive within your experience and abilities. CO responded to snowmobile accident which involved individual striking tree and breaking arm, it could have been much worse.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the snowmobile trails remain in very good shape. Not much ice fishing activity happening.
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports that trail conditions went from fair to good just in time for the busy President's Day weekend with the arrival of more snow over several days. The annual Vermilion Community College fishing tournament had good weather and ice conditions and was well attended by people from all over the state.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports there is a lot of snow out there. Trout fishermen are doing well, but there isn't that much activity on the lakes compared to other years. There seems to be a fair amount of confusion as to where the registration stickers are to be placed on a snowmobile. There is a picture in the snowmobile laws synopsis that shows how to place them.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that this winter is shaping up to be a very quiet one. After starting out slow, the lake trout are starting to cooperate with anglers and the designated trout lakes continue to produce.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked area lakes and found anglers and fish to be scarce. Snowmobilers were checked on GIA trails and compliance was generally good. Trails in Cook County can be quite narrow and sledders are reminded to stay to the right side, especially on blind curves. The officer lent a shovel to one sled rider who took a corner a bit wide and dropped into the powder and narrowly missed a tree.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) reports recent snowfalls have put most area trails in excellent shape for skiing and snowmobiling.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) reports a violation of illegal possession of big game animal parts is being prosecuted. People are reminded they cannot possess wild animals unless they have proof they are possessing them legally.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobiling activity on local trails and lakes this past week. Many people were out enjoying themselves and she reports no violations were observed. She also took a report of a mountain lion sighting.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobile activity with many groups from out of the area enjoying our plentiful snow. Snow levels are starting to effect the access to some area lakes.
CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) received several calls about illegal ATV use by unfriendly drivers.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) reports anglers continue to do well on perch and panfish. Hardy spearers have removed 36 inch deep ice chunks to continue dark house spearing efforts. Calls concerning deer feeding were received.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported a few anglers were checked throughout the week with very few fish being caught.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports fishing remains slow in the area and snowmobile trails are still in great condition in the area. Extra ski pass enforcement was done at area state parks. Compliance was good although complaints of skiers without passes continue to come in.
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on the frozen Lake Superior shore. A few whitefish, herring, loopers and salmon are showing up when the weather cooperates. Inland ice anglers and snowmobiles were checked, with some violations found for registration and safety training. A reminder than anyone born after 12/31/1976 must complete Snowmobile Safety Training before they can legally operate a sled.
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