DNR Report: Officers check local lakes for ice houses

Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) spoke to a firearms safety class at South Ridge School with a large group of students. Willis reports angling activity is still steady, but not a lot of success was seen.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a K9 meeting and training session at Carlos Avery WMA. He answered several questions answered on the new feeding ban that recently went into effect in the county. He assisted State Patrol and local police in apprehending a suspect who fled from them in a motor vehicle and by having K9 Schody search for evidence in a homicide case.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked her local lakes for ice houses left on the ice after the removal date. Speldrich also checked anglers, who were reporting an OK panfish bite. She checked ATV riders, received a report of a nuisance bobcat and patrolled the state forests during the week.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked area lakes and snowmobiles. The mild weather brought several anglers out looking for panfish, as well as some folks enjoying the last riding of the season. She reminded anglers to remove all items from the ice when they leave. She took enforcement action for recreational trespass, extra lines, unattended lines, fish house shelter license violations and speeding.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) monitored area lakes and rivers for angling activity and ice house removals south of Highway 2. Snowmobile trails went from great to sketchy during the week with bare spots becoming more prevalent. Schmidt also worked a detail near the border on Crane Lake.

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