Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2018-02-20

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports snow conditions are too poor for trail riding. Ice fishing continues to be the most popular outdoor activity, though some folks have switched gears and are looking for shed antlers. Richards spoke to a group of scouts in Breckenridge and described some of the work activities of a conservation officer. He spent most of his time checking fishermen and ice shelters, with some violations encountered.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues to work ice fishing activity and assisted a neighboring officer with a large ice fishing tournament. Violations encountered included no license in possession, extra lines, unattended lines, and an unregistered ATV. Plautz took a current college student in the natural resources program at the University of Minnesota Crookston on a ride-along. A fire destroyed a fish house on an area lake, but no one was injured.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVs and fish houses. A fish overlimit complaint was received and investigated. The number of fish houses on area lakes has been declining over the past week.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports mild temperatures led to a significant loss of snow in the area last week, making snowmobiling all but nonexistent. Anglers enjoyed varied success throughout the station, mostly on panfish and pike. Several cases were made resulting in citations for extra lines, unattended lines and expired recreational vehicle registrations. Lawler assisted CO Osborne with a case involving an overlimit of northern pike.

CO Brian Holt (Osakis) spent the week checking angling and recreational vehicle activity throughout the area. He also monitored coyote hunting and trapping activity. Along with neighboring officers, Holt worked a fishing contest that drew a large crowd on Smith Lake. Enforcement activity included angling license violations, angling with extra lines, angling with unattended lines and illegal length walleyes.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports working fishermen and coyote hunters during the week. Additional time was spent participating in a snowmobile work crew in Grand Marais and the BWCA over the holiday weekend with CO Baumbarger.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were concentrated on checking fishermen and snowmobile operators. Baumbarger participated in a work crew in Grand Marais and the BWCA over the holiday weekend.

Elbow Lake vacant.

Wheaton vacant.