Published February 08, 2010, 02:00 PM

WEEKLY CONSERVATION OFFICERS' REPORT: Ice fishing, snowmobile enforcement etc.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) and CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers from Pine Island to the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods. Fishing success was found to be fair. Enforcement action was taken on angling violations, no ATV registration and no state snowmobile trail permit.

By: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,

Here’s the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Feb. 8:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked snowmobile and ice angling activity throughout the week. Snowmobile trails were checked with a deputy sheriff. A detail was worked with CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) around the Northwest Angle. Enforcement action was taken on snowmobile and angling violations.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) received a report of a dead timber wolf and worked a complaint area for illegal snowmobile trespass. Anglers on Lake of the Woods were checked.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) and CO Huener checked anglers from Pine Island to the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods. Fishing success was found to be fair. Enforcement action was taken on angling violations, no ATV registration and no state snowmobile trail permit. An investigation during the week resulted in several anglers being cited for over limit of walleye. CO Birchem conducted a follow up investigation with charges pending on an angler fishing while being revoked. The angler had been fishing on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored fishing activity, continued an investigation on an agricultural trespass, and answered injured animal complaints. CO Woinarowicz worked with CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) monitoring snowmobile trail use and activity. Enforcement action for the week included snowmobile speeding violations, registration and trail permit violations, fail to stop at crossroad, and operate on shoulder of public highway.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked area snowmobile trails for activity. The Red Lake River was monitored for angling and snowmobile activity as well. CO Warren monitored area WMAs and received a report of an injured deer.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored angling and snowmobile activity in the area. Snowmobile trails are in excellent condition. CO Vollbrecht attended a Beltrami County TAC meeting and discussed wetland violations in the area. Violations encountered during the week included illegal length walleye and angle without license in possession.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports an increase in snowmobile activity over the weekend. Complaints of snowmobiles operating in a restricted area were investigated. The officer participated in a radio program talking about snowmobiling, fish spearing, and spring flooding.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted DNR Wildlife personnel locate an eagle’s nest, wolf depredation, and deer depredation. Anglers continue to hit the lakes but success remains low. The officer spoke with a White Earth Tribal leader regarding state and tribal land issues.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and snowmobilers. A wanton waste complaint was investigated. A court case involving deer baiting was resolved and the violator sentenced.

CO Mike Hruza (Bemidji) investigated complaints of people driving trucks on grant-in-aid snowmobile trails causing some damage. Anglers and snowmobiles were checked. Weekend snowmobile activity increased and snowmobile trails are in good condition.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked several coyote hunters after a snowmobile club complained that the hunters were driving trucks on the snowmobile trails. Angler success remains spotty. A group of anglers were located after they forgot to pay for $80 worth the bait, groceries, and gas at a local store.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports snowmobile trails are in excellent condition. The new snow made lake travel even more difficult. A number of fish houses were removed before the snow. Officers patrolled snowmobile trails in the Lake Park area as the Old Timer Snowmobile Run took place. Violations detected: no snowmobile registration, no snowmobile trail permit, and operating a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol. An angler was found to have an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court. Bail was collected and the angler returned to fishing.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers and snowmobilers. Snowmobile trails were patrolled. Officers patrolled the Lake Park area during the Old Timers Snowmobile run. Approximately 300 vintage snowmobiles participated. Anglers report a slow fish bite. Complaints of dogs chasing deer were investigated. The officer attended a Use of force instructor meeting at Camp Ripley.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted other officers during the Old Timer Snowmobile run. Snowmobile activity during the week was slow. A person was arrested for SWI after jumping a road approach in front of four officers.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) focused enforcement efforts on angling and snowmobile activity. The officer participated in a work crew during the Old Timer Snowmobile Run. Snowmobile activity remains high and the recent snowfall has the trails in good condition. A complaint of piling snow at an access to block anglers from getting on the lake was investigated. The officer assisted with the service of an outstanding warrant on an angler.

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