Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and off-highway vehicle (OHV) activity this past holiday week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license; no license in possession; insufficient life jackets; operating dirt bikes on the road; operating an ATV without a valid driver’s license on the road; operating an ATV in unfrozen public waters; and various registration violations.
One boat that was checked had three anglers in it. All three lied about having a fishing license. Two out of the three bought licenses online within 20 minutes after they were checked and the third was unable to try to purchase one because he was already suspended for fishing without a license from last year. All three were cited.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked angling, boating, OHV and aquatic invasive species enforcement throughout the week. Humphrey served as part of a Division Honor Guard funeral detail and also attended a meeting held at Camp Ripley. Humphrey and CO Staples worked an Operation Dry Water detail and found several boating and angling violations.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) encountered heavy boating activity over the holiday. Area lakes were worked for Operation Dry Water and the Duluth Harbor was patrolled during events at the waterfront. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, improper display of registration, possession of drug paraphernalia and no personal flotation device on board a watercraft.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked area lakes and rivers for anglers and boating activity. Nice weather saw a large increase in personal watercraft use and tubers/skiers. Area anglers are still having some luck, but fishing overall has slowed considerably.
Complaints of nuisance bears were handled along with a few calls about wolves that are hanging around populated rural neighborhoods. Schmidt also assisted with watercraft patrols on Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked boaters during Operation Dry Water weekend. Enforcement action was taken for personal watercraft within 150 feet of shore at speeds greater than slow no-wake.
Speldrich had many contacts with ATV riders and OHM operators. Issues included expired registration, failure to display valid registration and illegal operation of an ATV by a 7-year-old. This same child tried to hide from Speldrich as they knew they were not supposed to be where they were. Contact was made with the parents, who stated they didn’t know the child had left with the ATV.
Speldrich also made a panfish-overlimit case.