Minnesota DNR Report


District 1 – Baudette area

Last updated: 2020-07-06

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. ATVs and other recreational vehicles were checked around Roseau and Marshall counties. Several overlimit cases were made despite anglers reporting slower walleye fishing. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, possessing illegal-length walleyes, an ATV owner allowing the illegal operation by a couple of juveniles and operating an ATV without registration.

CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) primarily worked angling activity on Lake of the Woods and ATV enforcement. The lake was busy over the holiday weekend but severe weather moved through the area on Friday and Saturday and put a damper on many festivities. Violations encountered included taking fish with no angling license, overlimits of walleyes/sauger, uncountable/immeasurable fish on a special regulations body of water, no angling license in possession, operating a personal watercraft with no life jacket on and various registration and safety equipment issues.

CO Aaron Larson (Baudette West) worked primarily boat and water enforcement and angling enforcement. Larson found several violations including no angling license in possession, walleye/sauger overlimits, watercraft safety equipment violations and illegal-length walleyes. Larson also assisted the sheriff?s office with a structure fire.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) worked on Lake of the Woods for the Independence Day weekend. Numerous boaters and anglers were out enjoying the warm weather. He also worked ATV enforcement with Lt. Benjamin in the Beltrami Island State Forest. Enforcement action for the week included boating registration and equipment violations, as well as multiple no helmets on juvenile ATV passengers/operators, no ATV safety training, excessive speed, and open bottle violations.

CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) spent the past week checking anglers, conducting ATV patrols throughout the station and fielding questions about nuisance bears. Violations encountered included angling without a license, allowing the illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, failure to renew ATV registration, failure to display valid ATV registration, failure to give notice of transfer of an ATV and operating a personal watercraft at greater than no-wake speed within 150 feet of the shore, non-motorized watercraft, swimmers, docks, and moored/anchored boats. People are reminded that most sections of the Thief and Red Lake rivers are not wide enough to legally operate a PWC at greater than no-wake speed. Please be courteous to others trying to enjoy the resource.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports warm weather brought a lot of activity to the area. A significant amount of time was spent working boating and ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV violations and a few boating safety violations.

District 2 – Bemidji area

Last updated: 2020-07-06

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working a busy holiday weekend checking watercraft operators and anglers. Time was also spent working AIS enforcement. ATV operators were checked and various wildlife-related complaints were received.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) handled numerous animal-related complaints. He assisted at the CO Academy as a safety diver and checked people who were out enjoying the Independence Day weekend.


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