Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and very busy snowmobile activity. Many people took to the trails this past week. Schottenbauer also assisted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with a few calls on state park property.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) issued vehicle-hit-deer possession permits and monitored fishing activity on inland lakes. Open-water anglers were out in high numbers on Lake Superior this past week. He answered many questions in regards to Lake Superior stream-fishing regulations. He took a report of a deer being caught in a fence and successfully released the deer.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) and CO Hill investigated the report of a recently killed and dumped black bear near a local hiking trail. While the caller was certain it was a bear, it turned out to be the remains of a salvaged, road-killed deer. Manning followed up on a couple of bear-hunting issues and ice shelter concerns. She assisted Cook County with a call of a couple snowmobilers riding on the groomed ski trail, right past several “no snowmobile” signs. Manning also contacted a pair of anglers who had made their way across the ice on the harbor by canoe. While they had plenty of tackle and a six-pack of beer, they were not concerned about wearing or even having life jackets in the boat.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the past weekend in the BWCA focusing on trout-fishing activity. Angling success was good and many lakes were busy. He reported violations for angling without a license, taking trout without a trout stamp and a trout overlimit.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the BWCAW checking anglers. He worked snowmobile trails and remote trout lakes. He took enforcement action for angling, fish shelter and snowmobile violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling enforcement. Trail conditions were excellent late in the week, but traffic was fairly light. He didn’t note much of a fish bite.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) patrolled in the BWCAW during the past week. The wilderness was full of people skiing, hiking and fishing. A hot bite was seen on an area lake, with a large group of anglers taking home a limit of lake trout. Unfortunately, some of the anglers were short either a fishing license or a trout stamp, so the number of fish the group got to take home ended up being fewer than they originally thought. He encountered a few more license violations. Remember, anglers are required to have an angling license and a trout stamp if targeting and keeping trout. Hill received a call of a dead black bear that was dumped in the parking lot of a local hiking trail. Hill and CO Manning located the animal and it turned out to be a very small road-killed fawn.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked snowmobile riders enjoying what could be the last week of winter riding. Boats were also found trolling on Superior when the waves allowed. The bite has been pretty slow, but the coming warmer weather should help. He took enforcement action for angling violations.