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DNR Report: Officers remind anglers about fish house removal

Duluth News Tribune file

Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) worked snowmobile patrols in the area. Trails are in excellent condition and compliance with the laws was found to be good. Time was spent checking area lakes for fish houses that may get left on after the deadline and potential litter violations. Anglers are asked to check their houses if they leave them out because slush and snow seems to be a problem on area lakes.

A DNR K9 information booth was worked at the annual Safari Club International Hunting Expo in Brooklyn Park. Two of the DNR K9 units, including Schody, were on hand to meet-and-greet attendees.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw heavy snowmobiling activity again this past week. The trails are still doing very well, but get rough fairly quickly due to heavy usage. Local groomers are doing a great job of trying to keep up.

Registration issues are still being seen with people not displaying current stickers or displaying in a fashion that does not meet statutory requirements. Enforcement action was taken for operating with expired registration.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile and angling enforcement. Humphrey fielded questions on fish house removal and safety training courses. He also attended Division training at Camp Ripley.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) patrolled snowmobile trails and anglers. She spoke with several anglers about fish house removal and reminded them when their angling license expires.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) spent time patrolling area snowmobile trails and lakes. She documented ice shelters that had litter around them. One ice shelter appeared abandoned due to its condition and lack of identification. Several anglers asked about the shelter removal deadline.

Speldrich also attended a shoreland presentation put on by Pine County Soil and Water Conservation District.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued to work winter fishing on Lake Superior. Many people are enjoying excellent ice conditions on Lake Superior, allowing access to lake trout and salmon. Snowmobile activity remains heavy in the area and trail conditions have been excellent. Duncan also attended training at Camp Ripley.