Conservation Officer Darrin Kittelson (International Falls 1) reports that the heat wave is continuing with no moisture expected in the near future. That being said, people remember the increased burning restrictions in place statewide and the dangers that come with it.
Fishing on Rainy Lake appears to be limited to morning and evening as the midday heat is too much for anglers.
A few other animal-related complaints are reported. Kittelson believes that this heat has an impact on the creatures as well.
The app for the week included boat safety equipment violations, fishing license issues, and ATV violations.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls 2) reports spending time this week working at Rainy Lake and Rainy River checking out anglers and water activities. Garbage complaints have been addressed and ATV activity has been monitored in the area.
Enforcement action taken this week included possessing illegal length walleye on Rainy Lake, not having a Type IV disposable device, and riding ATVs on state public roads.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) heard more positive reports were heard from anglers last week. The prolonged trend of high temperatures has led more people to target early morning and late evening fishing on the water. The boating activity continues to be strong. Some groups contacted had adults and children swimming in the back of the boat.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) worked in boating and angling activities. The excessive heat limited some outdoor activities. Fishing remains mediocre. The danger of fire remains extreme and burning outdoors is prohibited. The levels of the lakes and rivers are very low due to the lack of rain. Bears are causing trouble again. The administrative tasks are finished.
Commander Marc Johnson (Hibbing) mainly worked on law enforcement on ATVs and angling activity. Anglers are still successful in catching panfish, while other species have been less active. Time was also spent following up on nuisance bear and beaver complaints and investigating a possible wetland violation.
The offenses encountered mainly included ATV registration issues and insufficient boating safety equipment.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent time answering calls regarding hunting, RVs and boating regulations throughout the week. He also spent most of the week patrolling the lakes in the area and found that anglers have found a regular panfish bite, but walleye remain difficult to catch.
Zavodnik continues to follow various complaints and cases from the previous week.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, ATV and dirt bike activities. Fishermen continue to report limited success. Some fishermen have reported the death of a few small fish due to the lack of oxygen in some smaller bodies of water. Nautical and mountain biking activity continues to be high.
Broughten investigated a violation of public waters and helped out with a few bushfires. The danger of forest fires in the region is extremely high due to the lack of rain this summer.
District 6 – Two Port Zone
Commander Mary Manning (Hovland) reports having answered many questions regarding the current fire ban, due to the still hot and very dry conditions.
A motorist was seen stopped in the middle of the Gunflint trail with a door open, the result of seeing a beaver walking on the road. Less than five minutes later, the same driver was found slowly chasing said beaver down the road (presumably “helping him”), nearly causing a car accident.
Manning responded to reports of fireworks, answered calls about illegal camping and visitors leaving bagged dog waste for someone else to dispose of, and checked boaters for them. invasive species.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) investigated an off-road motorcycle accident in Babbitt, received nuisance bear calls, initiated a work investigation on the shore of a local lake, assisted a security element, provided assistance for a local fire and spent time patrolling for resources. Enforcement measures included the authorization to illegally drive young off-road motorcyclists; riding an ATV in a state park; failure to transfer ownership of the ATV; illegally display public land; and passing through a no-way zone.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports spending the week in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness with fellow officers patrolling for backcountry fishermen. The fishing was extremely slow, with the pike dominating the bag. A few lake trout were caught but the fishermen had to concentrate their time in deep water. Citations have been issued for lack of a fishing license and possession of a controlled substance. The personal flotation device and registration compliance were perfect.
Many fishermen have left their licenses in their vehicles. Don’t forget to add a fishing license to the list of essentials to bring into the backcountry.
Commander Don Murray (Two Ports) worked angling and boating during the week. The warm weather again brought many pleasure craft users to the lakes in the area to cool off. Angling success has remained slow on the region’s lakes this week.
Enforcement action has been taken for violations of the invasive species law and violations of burning restrictions.
District 7 – Grand Rapids Region
CO Vinny Brown (Northome) forced mountain biking, boating and fishing activities. Enforcement actions have been taken for angling license violations, boat safety violations, and ATV equipment and registration violations.
A suspicious activity call was answered and calls from orphaned raccoons were answered. Time was also spent following up on-going cases.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) patrolled state parks and worked anglers, personal watercraft and ATV operators. Many questions about game and fish were answered. He also responded to complaints related to wildlife.
Commander Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) has been working in angling and water recreation activities over the past week, with Grand Rapids teeming with many vacationers from out of the region and other states.
Enforcement measures were taken to have a boat on the public highway without pulling the plug; transport of walleye without skin patch for identification; and the use of a jet ski above a no-wake speed within 150 feet of another watercraft. Work was also done helping the county with a vehicle that left the roadway and an injured cyclist.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) focused enforcement efforts on angling, boating, and ATV activities in the surrounding areas. Van Asch also assisted Commander Hochstein in responding to a report of a large grass fire in the area.
Enforcement measures have been taken for various offenses related to angling and boating.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) responded to an ATV accident in which the passenger and the ATV rolled down a steep embankment of an old railway line. Fortunately, the passenger did not sustain a serious injury, but she injured her leg and was unable to climb the bank. An anchor line and water rescue bag helped stabilize the patient and pull her approximately 30 feet from the ravine.
District 8 – Duluth Sector
Commander Jake Willis (Brookston) patrolled busy ATV areas and area waters. The heat seems to keep people from fishing a lot, and the few that still are report little success.
Bears are becoming a nuisance at a few properties, possibly due to the lack of food during this dry season. Please keep all food sources, including garbage and bird feeders, indoors to avoid attracting bears to your property.
CO Andy Schmidt (West Duluth) access to areas worked discuss with boaters the laws on aquatic invasive species. He checked out several anglers and worked on area lakes for boating and water recreation law enforcement. Schmidt responded to service calls involving bears entering people’s garbage and feeders.
ATV law enforcement has also been carried out in previous complaint locations.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) Area lakes worked for fishing and boating application. The hot weather had public entrances full of trailers and the boat traffic was busy. Many boaters have been told about personal flotation devices and boat capacity.
Activity inland involved mountain biking and assisting local law enforcement when available.
Possible wolf depredation was investigated and advice on living with bears was discussed with a few callers. Duncan was also a guest speaker at a neighborhood youth gathering.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, ISA, aquatic plant management, mountain biking, dirt biking, and Wetland Conservation Act enforcement throughout the week.
Humphrey continued to investigate a trespass / property line issue and lake shore violations. Humphrey took several pest calls / questions / complaints; operation of ATVs / off-road motorcycles for young people; shoreline regulations; handgun license; and surplus bear licenses. The violation rates were extremely high and the excuses were plentiful.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) anglers and boaters checked on Lake Superior. The warm, calm weather brought the surface temperature high and quite stagnant on the lake. Anglers keen to try different approaches have found salmon, lake trout and herring.
Assistance was provided to local agencies with ongoing calls and phone calls from residents affected by low water levels. Enforcement measures have been taken for boating-related offenses.