District 1 – Baudette area

Last updated: 2020-05-19

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and Lake of the Woods. A barred owl was rescued from the Roseau River. It had become entangled in fishing line that was attached to a snagged lure in a tree. The wet, hypothermic owl was untangled, dried off, warmed up and released to the wild the next day. Enforcement contacts for the week included angling without license, angling with extra line, litter, and operating watercraft after sunset without navigation lights.

CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) worked angling activity, ATV enforcement and patrolled local state parks, forests and public accesses. Violations encountered included an overlimit of walleyes, no angling license in possession, failure to stop an ATV at a public roadway crossing and various boating safety equipment and registration issues.

CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked angling and trapping enforcement. A fish-carcass dumping was reported to Larson and is currently under investigation. Angler success on Lake of the Woods has been hit and miss throughout the week.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) provided instruction and responded to two nuisance bear complaints.

CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) concentrated on boating safety and angling enforcement. A possible wolf depredation was also investigated. Many boaters and anglers were out this weekend with the nice weather. Boaters and anglers are reminded that all watercraft need to have at least one Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device for each person on board. This applies to all watercraft including kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. A Class IV throwable (boat cushion) does not count as a life jacket but must be immediately available on watercraft 16 feet or longer (except for canoes and kayaks). In addition, anyone under the age of 10 must wear their life jacket unless the watercraft is docked, moored or anchored for swimming. Violations encountered this week included boating, angling and ATV violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working angling and boating activity on special regulation lakes throughout this past week. Anglers report varied success but consistently a slow bite for most as more anglers took advantage of the warm weather this past week. Time was spent patrolling area trails monitoring ORV/ATV activity, investigating a TIP report of a bear that was shot out of season in the Bemidji area and a report of an incidentally caught otter as the spring beaver trapping season came to a close. Violations encountered and addressed this past week included operating watercraft after sunset without required lighting, no throwable lifesaving device, open bottle violations on ATVs while traveling down county roads and angling license violations.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports busy fishing activity on and near Upper Red Lake. Enforcement action was taken for numerous fishing and boating safety violations. Be sure to check that all safety equipment is present prior to launching your boat.


District 2 – Bemidji area

Last updated: 2020-05-19

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) spent time checking boaters and anglers on area lakes. An incidentally caught otter was seized from a beaver trapper and a grass fire near Mentor was checked.



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