District 9 Conservation Reports
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) primarily worked late ice anglers. She also investigated a situation where a beaver dam was removed, possibly affecting water levels on an adjacent lake. She also presented a 30-year appreciation award to a volunteer snowmobile safety instructor at the snowmobile club?s meeting this past week. Our instructors volunteer many hours a year to teach youth our safety classes. Their work is greatly appreciated and Ladd was glad to be able to extend that appreciation to the club and the instructors.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked fishing activity and litter complaints on area lakes. Ice conditions on area lakes are deteriorating quickly and anglers are using ATVs for travel. He also investigated deer-hunting violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) monitored the angling activity on station lakes. A call was received from State Patrol dispatch about a large cat that was living under a home. The caller, who was older, was fearful for her life and didn?t want to get scratched.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for angling enforcement. McGowan also completed training and worked on cases from this past fall.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking anglers throughout the past week and weekend. A few fish were seen, but overall the bite was quite slow. Most people said they were just out enjoying the nice weather. Patrol was done throughout the state recreation area, and parking permits and illegal vehicle activity were checked. Many outdoor law-related questions were fielded throughout the week. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing and state park-related violations.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked a few anglers chasing panfish. Fishing was average, with deteriorating ice. Please use caution when going out on lakes.