Weekly Minnesota CONSERVATION OFFICER REPORT – 3-26-18

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) testified in court regarding a drug case. Walleye and pike anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for illegal bait and quick-strike rigs with a hook spread greater than 9 inches.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked angling and ATV enforcement. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s office in regards to a reported missing person. Tip-up anglers are having varied success along the south shore with the northern pike. Some really nice fish were seen caught and released in Baudette Bay over the weekend. If you still have fish houses on the lake, now is the time to make plans to get them off.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette West) reports steady fishing activity on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River. Enforcement action was taken on multiple ATVs and pickup trucks operating on state grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. Prachar worked with CO Vollbrecht to arrest an individual for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia while fishing.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) assisted a sheriff’s office in looking for a missing teenager in the Beltrami Island State Forest area and responded to a complaint of dogs chasing deer. Ice shelter removal was monitored and, unfortunately, two shelters abandoned on the ice by anglers had to be removed. Enforcement action taken for leaving a shelter on the ice past the deadline and storing an ice shelter at a public water access.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working ATV activity and angling activity on special regulation lakes. Time was spent monitoring and removing abandoned shelters from area lakes and handling reports of injured deer. Enforcement action for the week included angling license, ATV registration, and shelter license violations.

Warroad South – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls East – vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a wildfire training session in Grand Rapids. Time was also spent checking anglers on area lakes and snowmobile operators. Past angling complaint sites were monitored. A complaint about dogs chasing deer was worked with a neighboring officer.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) monitored fish house removal and checked panfishermen.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) checked panfish anglers on area lakes and patrolled snowmobile trails for the last time unless the area gets some more snow. Vollbrecht worked with a neighboring officer on removing fish houses and worked a detail on Lake of the Woods. An individual was taken into custody after methamphetamine was located on his person.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and assisting local law enforcement with snowmobile registration issues. He also assisted area officers with fish house removal of shelters left past the deadline. Vinton completed required training and inspected area taxidermist and minnow retailers. No violations were discovered. Enforcement action was taken for shelters being left past the removal date.
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