Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw an uptick in angling activity as the ice has become thicker and more stable. Snowmobile activity remains heavy, as well, with great trail conditions. He took enforcement action for no license in possession, failure to display snowmobile registration, and no angling license
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked snowmobile and fishing activity in the area this past week. He took enforcement action for speed, equipment and license violations. K9 Schody spent time training on detecting items and getting ready for upcoming testing. He gave a talk to a firearms safety class in the Esko area.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement throughout the week. Area snowmobile trails were generally in good shape. Ice on area lakes improved slightly with anglers getting out on foot, sleds or ATVs. Slush continues to be a problem and ice thickness is not consistent. He found violations for possessing slot fish, snowmobile and ATV operation, registration, safety certification, and equipment. He reminds anglers fishing northern pike in the area that a 22- to 26-inch protected slot exists, requiring those fish to be released.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled area snowmobile trails during the unseasonably warm weather. The trails were in great condition. Speldrich took enforcement action for failing to display current snowmobile registration. She also checked anglers on area lakes.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked snowmobile activity most of the week. He also checked anglers on area lakes. Snowmobile trails were in great condition, and sleds were out in force, but registration and exhaust issues continue. Angling activity is picking up and most lakes are hardening up and becoming more accessible. One angler was excited when he caught a 36-inch northern, but was disappointed when he realized it was within the slot and he had to release it back down the hole.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) followed up on trapping cases and worked snowmobile activity and angling activity on area lakes. Ladd also stopped out at a residence upon seeing heavy amounts of black smoke in the air. She observed the landowner burning a tire. He said it was just one tire, but he knew it was illegal.