DNR Conservation Officer weekly reports

District 6 - Two Harbors
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) lake trout angling pressure stayed high over the week and into the weekend. Less success was found on the local designated trout lakes but a good amount of fish were seen. Violations included: angling without a license in possession, failure to register fisher, and excessive snowmobile speed.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Slush is still bad on many of the lakes in the area and fishing was slow. Snowmobile trail conditions are very good and several calls came in about snowmobilers not stopping at road intersections and operating on the road.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time checking remote trout lakes and lakes along the border. The officer assisted in teaching a snowmobile safety class to the US Forest Service. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and angling violations.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily angling and snowmobile enforcement throughout the week and participated in a bear committee meeting. Enforcement contacts included snowmobile speed, fail to display registration, loud exhaust, and no safety certificate. Some trout and crappies were seen on the ice.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and snowmobile activity this week. CO Schottenbauer also assisted local law enforcement with vehicles off the road.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports continued background investigation work throughout the week.
District 5 - Eveleth area
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) Excellent snow and trail conditions has led to an increase in snowmobilers in the area, although considerably lower than historical levels. Angler numbers have been consistent with mixed reports on success. Equipment maintenance was tended to, and administrative tasks were completed. Overall, compliance was very good the past week.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports snowmobile and angling activities were monitored. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads and timber sales continue to be checked. Equipment work is on-going. Administrative items were tended to.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily angling and snowmobile enforcement. Larson spent time checking anglers on Trout Lake who were finding moderate success catching lake trout. He found violations relating to rules pertaining to the BWCAW.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked angling activity and snowmobile enforcement. Time was also spent assisting DNR Wildlife at the furbearer registration station in Hibbing. Violations encountered included taking fish without an angling license, unattended lines, snowmobile speed, and operating motor vehicles on a GIA snowmobile trail.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) winter activities greatly increased as temperatures warmed up throughout the week. Snowmobilers were out enjoying the excellent trail conditions, and anglers were out enjoying the warmer weather. Zavodnik continues to receive complaints from riders that some snowmobilers are traveling far too fast on the trails. He continues to patrol the trails for excessive speed.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing and snowmobile activity. Recreational activity increased this week as weather warmed up. Fishermen reported limited success. Some lakes are starting to see some slush. Snowmobile trails are in good shape but are going to need some more snow. CO Broughten fielded calls regarding littering and fish house regulations.