DNR CONSERVATION OFFICERS' REPORT: Snowmobile and ice fishing enforcement etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Jan. 19: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Hayes Lake, Lake of the Woods and Red Lake. Snowmobil...

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Jan. 19:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Hayes Lake, Lake of the Woods and Red Lake. Snowmobile activity was monitored in Roseau and Beltrami counties. CO Huener encountered angling violations and assisted CO Vollbrecht with two drug possession cases.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent the past week working on Lake of the Woods. Lots of people were out with nice weather. Enforcement action was taken for angling, ATV, snowmobile and fish house violations.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to an injured owl complaint, conducted a high school ride along, and assisted in the law and ethics portion of the Thief River Falls snowmobile safety class. Woinarowicz worked with Lt. Znajda during the I-500 snowmobile race in Thief River Falls, finding violations for no state trail permit, no snowmobile registration and excessive speed on snowmobile.


CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked snowmobile trails on speed complaints. Most operators were found to be safe and compliant with safety rules. Trail conditions remain good despite the shot of warm weather. Area experimental lakes were monitored with the panfish bite beginning to kick in. Firearm safety instructors were met with on upcoming classes. A number of car-killed deer possession permits were issued and the county attorney was met with on an upcoming case. Enforcement activity for the week included ATV, angling and snowmobile violations.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored angling activity on Upper Red Lake. Anglers continue to catch walleyes in deeper water. A work detail was worked on LOW ear-lier in the week. Snowmobile activity was also monitored on area trails. Violations encoun-tered during the week included possession of a small amount of marijuana, drug parapher-nalia, illegal length walleye, angle with extra lines and unattended lines.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) spent his time throughout the week checking anglers, snowmobilers and completing station equipment maintenance. Fishing continues to be good on Upper Red Lake and Lake of the Woods. Anglers on Upper Red Lake are reporting a good afternoon bite near center bar, and anglers on Lake of the Woods are reporting good fishing near Rocky Point and Long Point. Enforcement action included extra lines, no fishing license, drug paraphernalia and registration issues.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) spoke to a Snowmobile Safety Class in Crookston about laws, safety, and riding ethics. A U of M Crookston law enforcement student rode with the officer as a job shadow. Angler success has been low. Mild weather brought out many snow-mobilers.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and shelters on the lakes. The officer spoke to a Snowmobile Safety Class about laws, safety and riding ethics. He also had a high school student job shadow.


CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Mild weather conditions brought out many outdoor enthusiasts.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) spoke to a Snowmobile Safety Class sponsored by the Northwoods Riders Club regarding laws, safety, and ethics. Anglers and snowmobilers were checked. Some complaints about snowmobilers leaving the trails onto private lands and an illegal burning complaint were investigated. The annual Bemidji Polar Daze Fishing Tour-nament was held on Lake Bemidji. Many people attended but angler success was low.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports lots of snowmobile activity. Trails and common ditch riding areas are showing some wear. Anglers continue to struggle to find fish. Many anglers are moving their shelters. Lack of shelter identification and licenses have been a common violation.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Angler suc-cess has been low. Anglers are reporting 7-16" of ice. People venturing onto the ice should still use caution traveling with heavy vehicles. Snowmobile activity has been steady. The snowmobile trails are in good condition. Complaints of dogs chasing deer and unauthorized vehicles driving on snowmobile trails were investigated. A meeting of several local sportsmen's clubs and several chapters of MDHA was attended to accept a donation of equipment to be used by local conservation officers.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Snowmobile trail ac-tivity was monitored. A snowmobile trespass complaint was investigated where snowmobiles are leaving a Grant-in-Aid Trail and operating on an agricultural field without permission. The trail has many signs advising snowmobilers to stay on the trail. Snowmobile trail condi-tions are beginning to degrade. Anglers are having some success catching panfish.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers, snowmobilers, and aeration sites. Snowmobile trails are starting to deteriorate. A complaint of an injured deer was received and investigated.

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