Conservation Officer weekly reports
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports snowmobile trails are getting better with each snowfall. Ice fishing on area lakes remains slow, but people still are finding it better than sitting at home. The last fur registration took place with few trappers registering bobcats and otters. It appears more bobcats were registered this year than other years.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending time checking anglers on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River. Anglers reported fishing being very slow. Time was spent working the Big Falls fur registration for bobcats and otters. The number of bobcats registered at the Big Falls station was very low this year. Time was spent this past week monitoring area snowmobile trails. Trail conditions are improving. Enforcement action taken this past week consisted of no shelter license, no fishing license in possession, and failing to display registration on snowmobiles.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports the promise of warmer weather and snow in the forecast brought out the snowmobile crowd. Several large groups were encountered visiting the local sites and enjoying the weather. The local clubs continue to work with any new amount of snow to work on the trails. There was some improvement noted, but most snowmobile riders continue to use the lake trails. Angler numbers continue to be above average. In one instance, two individuals stated they had never been ice fishing before and traveled to Lake Kabetogama for the sole purpose of trying it. Snowmobile registration and illegal exhaust were the common violations noted.