District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing and snowmobile/ATV enforcement this past week. Enforcement action was taken for no licenses and expired registration.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked angling and snowmobile activity. She spent time reminding anglers of the fish house removal deadline and to clean up the ice when leaving.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) reports most of the past week was spent checking anglers on area lakes. Sullivan encountered anglers who were enjoying the weather and the final days of walleye fishing. Sullivan also found anglers who had a hard time being honest after being caught violating. One experienced angler was given several opportunities to be honest after being caught angling with an extra line, but chose to go home being dishonest. Sullivan was also yelled at for several minutes while taking enforcement action for no shelter license.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) checked station lakes and documented angling shelters that appeared to be frozen into the ice or falling apart. Owners are reminded to remove all debris from the shelter. One angler contact resulted in Guida seizing a good amount of illegal marijuana and a glass smoking device. Another angler was addressed for not having a current angling license.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued field training with a conservation officer candidate. The officers spent time patrolling Crow Wing and Cass county lakes and snowmobile trails. McGowan also spent time following up on big-game cases from last fall. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling violations, recreational violations and narcotic violations.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking anglers and snowmobile riders throughout the past week and weekend. Some trout were caught and even with the warm weather wearing on the trails, some snowmobilers were trying to get the last few rides in. Fitzgerald attended training and assisted with gun maintenance at Camp Ripley. Area lakes were checked for permanent houses with the upcoming fish house removal date. Anglers are reminded to clean up any debris or garbage around their houses. The SRA was checked for vehicle permits and for illegal vehicle activity. Enforcement action was taken for various fishing and snowmobiling law violations.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, snowmobile and cross-country skiing activity. Possible problem fish houses were documented prior to the removal deadline.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) worked from snowmobile as the trails are deteriorating quickly. Many fish houses were being removed from the lakes. The ice is maintaining its thickness despite the warm weather. Ice anglers were checked.