CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked anglers on a Mille Lacs Lake. Anglers ventured into the southern bays and had success catching walleye and northern pike. Anglers had reports of catching a wide variety of sizes of walleye. Please ensure that you are checking with local resort businesses before venturing out on the ice. Other people were found small game hunting and trapping in the area as well.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked ice anglers venturing out onto smaller lakes. Anglers reported harvesting some crappie. CO Speldrich worked on a background investigation for a potential new hire and also took a call of an injured/sick snowy owl.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked early ice fishing activities and found some walleyes to be cooperating. Pan fish action is slower. Ice conditions vary, with some venturing out on Mille Lacs with four inches. A reminder to those venturing out to watch the wind and cracks, as becoming stranded with open water would not be fun.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) had an increase in ice fishing activity. The week started out with many lakes still without fishable ice. Toward the end of the week, many lakes had sufficient ice to support anglers on foot and a few areas had enough for ATVs. Trapping activity was also checked.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking ice conditions, followed up on deer season complaints, and spent time checking State Forest areas. He answered questions about dogs running, ice conditions, and inquiries about trespassing. Local lakes were still open in places as of a few days ago. Use extreme caution when venturing on the ice.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. Ice conditions remain sketchy and should use due caution. A number of lakes still have portions with open water. Pan fish bite was fair and walleye bite on Mille Lacs in the bay areas was good. The officer responded to a party possibly through the ice on Mille Lacs. A passerby saw just an ice bucket and auger on the ice and figured the owner fell through, but was later found on shore.