District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled area lakes for angling activity. Numerous ATVs were out operating on local township roads. Trails continue to be closed. A reminder that anyone under the age of 18 operating an ATV or riding as a passenger needs to wear a DOT-approved helmet.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked trapping activity and some early fishing activity as all area lakes are now free of ice. Ladd also monitored activity around closed forest roads and ATV trails.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) continued training COC Nicholas Baum this week. Sullivan and Baum instructed a firearms safety class at Pequot Lakes Middle School. Sullivan and Baum patrolled the Rainy River and observed violations including no license in possession, no noise making device, throwable lifesaving device, and fire extinguisher, failure to renew watercraft registration, angling with an extra line, and angling without a license. Sullivan and Baum patrolled the Baxter and Pequot Lakes area for recreational vehicles and observed violations including no helmets on youths, failure to renew ATV registration, no ATV safety certificate, allowing illegal operation of an ATV, and operating motor vehicles on a posted closed road.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSAR) reports checking area lakes for fishing and boating activity throughout the week and weekend. Several anglers were reminded that the designated trout lakes are closed for every species until the opener of trout fishing. Fitzgerald patrolled the park for illegal ATV and closed trail issues. Park passes were checked and many outdoor law-related questions were fielded. Several calls about injured animals were taken and assistance was given to park staff on some SRA-related issues.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) has seen more anglers targeting crappies this week. Beaver trapping has picked up, too. Rains have raised water levels so please use caution, especially around moving water.