Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2018-02-20

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and snowmobile activity. Assistance was given to the Aitkin County Sheriff?s Office with a kids? ice fishing day. One individual was contacted regarding the deer feeding ban.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) worked sport fishing and miscellaneous nuisance animal complaints this week. Guida discussed some litter and public nuisance concerns with an event coordinator of an area fishing tournament. A couple of animal possession permits were issued for road killed deer.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) continued checking anglers and observed an increase in snowmobile activity in the Cass County area. CO Sullivan also received TIP reports of illegal length walleyes being kept and an angler double-tripping and keeping over the limit. Enforcement action included angling with extra lines, possession of a controlled substance, no shelter license and illegal deer feeding.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports patrolling snowmobile and ski trails, checking fishing activity, and monitoring the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for violations including no trout stamps, licenses and stamps not in possession, ATV registration, operating an ATV on a grant-in-aid snowmobile trail and within a state recreational area, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and consuming alcohol in a state recreational area.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports working on fishing enforcement this past week. Ice anglers are out but many are starting to remove permanent houses because of poor ice conditions and a slow bite. Complaints of garbage and wood blocks left behind were reported and investigated. Some of the fishing violations observed included unattended lines. He checked numerous aeration permits on area lakes and snowmobilers on the lake, and assisted one rider who lost part of his hood while driving across the lake.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked on trapping and deer hunting cases from this past fall and winter. McGowan also spent time presenting snowmobile and ATV laws to local law enforcement officers, and patrolling for snowmobile and angling activity.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working area lakes for fishing activity throughout the week and weekend. Some nice northern pike and panfish were seen, along with some trout. Fitzgerald patrolled area snowmobile trails, which were pretty rough with the lack of snow and warm weather. He saw a few people out riding. He fielded a call about a dead owl found in a backyard and answered many outdoor law-related questions. He patrolled the CCSRA park and saw quite a few bikers out enjoying the nice weather and trails. Fitzgerald assisted a local agency with several calls for service and spent time at the Aitkin Rippleside School Fishing Day at a local lake where around 70 kids came out to ice fish. Some panfish and northern pike were caught and many of the kids enjoyed trying ice fishing. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing and SRA rule violations.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) checked anglers and snowmobilers, appeared in court on a case from last summer, and assisted on a work detail for the Fishing for Ducks event in Garrison.