District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports a busy weekend with opening of fishing; lots of people were out enjoying the nice weather. Success was limited on Rainy Lake with better success on Lake Kabetogama, where most people caught a few keeper walleyes. A few animal complaints were also handled. People are reminded to leave baby animals alone. Enforcement action for the week included unattended lines, illegal-length fish, and boating equipment violations.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports most work activity involved monitoring sturgeon fishing enforcement on the Rainy River, along with boating safety and invasive species. Two sturgeon fishing tournaments were conducted along the river over the weekend. ATV enforcement and assisting other agencies were also part of the tasks for the past week. Enforcement action for the week included license violations, fishing in a closed area, boating issues, and drug-related violations.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is in full swing with activity from the dam in International Falls to Lake of the Woods. Most people reported having some success with at least boating a few each day, and some were also successful in harvesting one. Enforcement action for the week included boat and water safety violations, license issues, taking walleyes in a closed season, and failure to tag sturgeon.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls#1) reports sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River are having some success, with most boats catching at least two or three sturgeon an outing. Anglers are reminded when venturing out onto the water to have lifejackets readily available. They should have additional safety equipment in order as well, especially with colder water and faster current.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) worked the last weekend of the walleye catch-and-release season on the Rainy River. Fishing was very slow with muddy water being the main contributing factor. Most people switched to sturgeon fishing, which was a little better but not great. Enforcement action was taken for boating and license violations.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reminds walleye anglers planning to fish Rainy River and Minnesota-Canada border waters: Even with an Ontario license, Minnesota anglers only can keep a Minnesota limit, which is zero. All walleye/sauger fishing is catch-and-release only.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports warm weather has put a damper on the snowmobiling as the trails are not in the best condition. Ice fishing continues on Rainy Lake, but ice road conditions have deteriorated so people are cautioned to use snowmobiles or ATVs. Fishing on the Rainy River has started with one ramp open at the Kuttes Access. People are reminded that the regulations have changed to catch and release only.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent time working with local law enforcement working out logistics regarding the upcoming spring walleye season for the Rainy River. Looking at the long-term forecast, Zavodnik doesn’t expect the river to be ready for boats anytime soon. Time was also spent working snowmobile and angling enforcement. Anglers checked remembered to buy their new license, which was great to see.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports time was spent training at Camp Ripley. Snowmobile activity continues to be the main focus of enforcement work. A work detail with Border Patrol and Voyageurs National Park rangers was conducted on snowmobile traffic heading to the Crane Lake Challenge Snowmobile Event. Despite the cold and wind, people were out enjoying the great trail conditions. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration issues and speed.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) spent time working snowmobile, angling, and alcohol enforcement over the week. Zavodnik worked a detail with fellow conservation officers at the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Ice conditions were quite tough during the event, with many people finding out that drilling holes led to flooding issues. Violations during the festival included expired registration, small amounts of marijuana, unattended lines, and operating a snowmobile while intoxicated.