CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the past week focused on checking anglers, snowmobilers, and coyote hunters. Additional time was spent following up on cases from the deer season. Conditions on area lakes are improving as most of the slush has frozen down, but ice thickness has not increased much. Anglers should use caution if thinking about driving on area lakes.
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports more snowmobile activity than fishing activity in the area. Poor ice and heavy slush have made many people shift gears and hit the trails instead. For the most part, trails have been groomed and are in good condition. Enforcement action was taken for fishing and snowmobile-related violations.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored fishing activity throughout the week. The ice remains extremely variable in the area, with a lot of slush, and caution should continue to be used. A reminder that most fish houses need to be licensed and display ID. Snowmobile activity has picked up and trails are being groomed.
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) checked a few pheasant hunters trudging through deep snow attempting to get the last birds of the season. Flooding and heavy slush forced most anglers off area lakes. Snowmobilers took advantage of freshly groomed trails over the weekend.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked on the lakes and snowmobile trails this past week, contacting lots of folks. Anglers of all ages were contacted about many violations. One angler was cited for unattended lines after leaving the fish house to go to shore and watch football while leaving his rattle reel lines baited near the lake bottom.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) worked snowmobiling and anglers during the week. Coyote-hunting and trapping activity was monitored and nuisance-animal complaints were handled. Time was also spent patrolling area snowmobile trails with other officers. Enforcement activity related to angling license and ATV registration violations.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked anglers, snowmobilers and fish houses. Trail conditions in the area vary from county to county with some trails open while others are closed. Snow and warm weather have left the lakes flooded and difficult for travel.
CO Emily Leeb (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on fishing, snowmobile, and ATV activity. Additional time was spent monitoring trapping and predator-hunting activity. Assistance was provided to Morris-area law enforcement on a report of a bomb threat at the school.
CO Hanna Wood (Wheaton) focused enforcement efforts on fishing, snowmobile, and ATV activity. Additional time was spent monitoring trapping and predator-hunting activity. Assistance was provided to Morris-area law enforcement on a report of a bomb threat at the school.