District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) saw many anglers enjoying fishing opener weekend. Everyone agreed the weather was great for being on the water. Success rates were mixed. Few people caught a lot. A lot of people caught a few. He worked an Honor Guard detail at the funeral for retired CO Wallace.
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) worked ATV activity and angling activity. One angler who had been cited by a different CO earlier in the day for fishing without a license had purchased a license just 10 minutes prior to Ladd having contact with the angler. Ladd observed the license and then checked the angler?s stringer, which had a largemouth bass on it. She took enforcement action.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports a busy opening fishing weekend. Time was spent on Cass and Crow Wing county lakes. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling and boating violations.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working the fishing opener in the SRA. Lots of anglers were out trying their luck for some trout. Quite a few fish were seen and anglers were enjoying the nice weather. Boat and water activity, along with AIS, was monitored throughout the week and weekend. The SRA was checked for illegal ATV and vehicle traffic and park passes were checked throughout the park area. Assistance was given to some lost park users and many outdoor law-related questions were fielded during the week and weekend. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing and state park-related violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled area station lakes during the busy fishing opener. Numerous anglers and boaters were contacted and enforcement actions were taken on various license and boating equipment violations. Area anglers are reminded to check the North-Central Zone pike restrictions when keeping northern pike.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) focused on area angling activity over the weekend. Area fishing reports were good with anglers catching a variety of species. Angling violations included illegal-length fish, no angling license and possession of bass out of season. Sullivan also assisted one angler who was stranded on the water after battery issues.
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) responded to illegal fires and numerous littering issues this week. Enforcement action was taken for no helmets, registration issues, no fishing license, extra line, illegal-length pike, and operating on a closed trail.