DNR Report: Smelt activity is picking up

A box of freshly caught smelt, which many people consider a Northland delicacy. File 2018 / News Tribune

Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) worked an ongoing trapping case and fielded calls for service. ATV activity remains high throughout the area given the current circumstances with many students out of school. He took enforcement action for no Type IV PFD, expired boat registration, expired ATV registration and no angling license.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent some extra time patrolling area state parks. He also spent time assisting in training a new group of working dogs. He assisted State Patrol with a person walking on the interstate who said he was lost.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked fire, fishing, turkey hunting and OHV enforcement throughout the past week. He patrolled the Fond du Lac State Forest during spring road and trail closures. Humphrey also spent time working in area state parks and wildlife management areas. He worked a fishing TIP complaint with CO Willis. He received several calls about smelting, turkey hunting, OHV operation and safety training. He made contacts for illegal burning, OHV operation and angling/boating violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked shore anglers on local rivers. She also investigated Wetland Conservation Act violations where landowners were excavating in wetlands. She issues resource protection notices to the landowners.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked area rivers and the North Shore for angling activity. ATV and trespass complaints have been increasing. He has been working spring trapping and also been trying to find a turkey hunter. Smelt activity is picking up, as well.

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