Minnesota DNR report


District 1 – Baudette area

Last updated: 2020-02-03

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked angling activity on Lake of the Woods. Multiple overlimits were uncovered, with enforcement action taken. Other violations included snowmobile speeding and angling with extra lines.

CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) worked sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement. Johnson assisted with the bobcat and otter fur registration and worked a snowmobile/angling detail on Lake of the Woods along with other officers from throughout the state. Violations encountered included possessing an overlimit of walleyes/sauger, possession of an illegal-length walleye, angling with extra lines, unmarked permanent shelter, possession of drug paraphernalia, no angling license in possession and failure to display shelter license.

CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked angling enforcement on Lake of the Woods. Violations included no angling license in possession, angling with extra lines, allowing youth to violate fish and game laws and possessing an overlimit of walleyes/sauger.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) presented at a high school career fair on conservation officer career opportunities and monitored area angling and snowmobiling activity. Enforcement action for the week included no snowmobile registration, no safety training, failure to stop at a stop sign on a snowmobile, transport a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, no angling license and no shelter license.

CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) spent the week checking ice anglers and snowmobile activity. Several permits for collector snowmobiles were issued. A regional deer population goal-setting workshop was attended in Thief River Falls. Winter severity, crop depredation, wolves, disease, and buck age structure were discussed. Area hunters, landowners and all who would like their voices heard are strongly encouraged to attend the second workshop that will be held on Feb. 26 in Thief River Falls. See the DNR website for details. Violations addressed this past week included no angling license, failure to display ID on portable ice shelters left overnight, operating an unregistered snowmobile, failure to transfer ownership of a snowmobile, operating a snowmobile without safety training, failure to display snowmobile registration, failure to stop a snowmobile at an intersection, operating a snowmobile on the inside slope of a ditch and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports checking angling activity on special regulation lakes throughout the past week. Time was spent patrolling area snowmobile trails and assisting with instruction for officer water survival/water confidence training for the State Patrol Academy. Regas also worked a snowmobile enforcement detail with CO Patten. Numerous contacts were made as the mild weather brought out lots of snowmobile enthusiasts. Trails are in excellent condition. Violations encountered and addressed throughout the past week included angling license/snowmobile registration violations and no trout stamp.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports the slush on Upper Red Lake appears to be here to stay. Many resorts have closed their accesses to wheelhouse traffic or altogether. Fishing success seems to have picked up slightly but remains slow in general. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, possession of fillets on a special regulation lake, and possession of a controlled substance/paraphernalia.

Baudette East vacant.

Karlstad vacant.


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