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District 1 – Baudette area

Last updated: 2020-05-28
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and Lake of the Woods. A fire was investigated and enforcement action was taken for burning without a permit. A deer season license issue was also investigated. Angling enforcement contacts included possessing an overlimit of walleyes and fraudulent watercraft registration.

CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) worked primarily angling and ATV enforcement. Lake of the Woods saw a lot of traffic over the holiday weekend with mixed fishing results. Violations encountered included illegal-length walleyes, expired boat registration, no license in possession, failure to display ATV registration, and boat safety equipment violations. While on Lake of the Woods, COs responded to a report of an abandoned fishing boat floating two miles from shore. Fortunately, the COs located the vessel and towed it off the lake before the unlit boat had an opportunity to create a bad situation after sundown.

CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked angling and ATV enforcement. Calm weather allowed anglers to travel Lake of the Woods with ease. Violations included angling with an extra line, insufficient personal flotation devices, failure to display current boat registration, taking an overlimit of walleyes/sauger, illegal-length walleyes, illegal-length northern pike and no angling license in possession.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) worked the Memorial Day weekend on Lake of the Woods and in the Beltrami Island State Forest. Nice weather brought out many people to recreate. Enforcement action for the past week included possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, no helmet on juvenile OHM and ATV passengers, OHM, boat, and ATV registration violations, watercraft equipment and PFD violations, open bottle violations on an ATV, no horse trail pass and no nonresident ATV trail pass.

CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) spent a busy week checking anglers and boaters in the area. Several calls about baby wild animals being taken and raised as pets were also handled. Please leave fawns, ducklings and goslings alone. Even though they may look helpless and in need, their mothers are most likely nearby and fully capable of taking care of their young. Violations encountered this past week included insufficient life jackets on board motorized and non-motorized watercrafts, expired watercraft registration, failure to obtain a burning permit and possessing migratory waterfowl out of season.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports working ATV, AIS, angling and boating activity throughout this past week. Time was spent working an Upper Red Lake detail, investigating TIP information of a possible overlimit of walleyes, handling a report of nuisance bears causing residential garbage disturbances and a complaint of camping in a public water access. Violations encountered and addressed this past week included AIS, boating equipment, no PFD while operating a PWC, watercraft registration and angling license violations.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports that fishing on Upper Red is still a successful endeavor. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, illegal-length fish and multiple boat and ATV registration violations.

Baudette East vacant.

Karlstad vacant.


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