District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) worked trapping, fishing and snowmobile activities this week. Enforcement action was taken for controlled substance violations as well as registration, license and shelter issues.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) reports snowmobile activity in the area remained high despite the colder weather that came and went. Ice angling continued to be slow due to difficult ice conditions. Area lakes have large amounts of snow and slush, which is making travel very difficult. Sullivan also continued working deer-hunting investigations.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) reports checking anglers and snowmobile riders. Enforcement action was taken for expired registration, unattended lines, no shelter license, and illegal-length fish. Benkofske talked with a handful of excited riders who were part of the Big Sandy vintage snowmobile run. A law and safety talk was also presented at the Tamarack Sno-Flyers youth safety class along with a deputy from Aitkin County Sheriff?s Office.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked snowmobile and angler enforcement this week. Enforcement action was taken for license and registration violations. An overlimit of crappies was investigated and the angler was charged. Work also continues on a big-game-hunting violation.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked ice anglers having a hard time finding fish. There is a lot of slush on the lakes preventing many people from getting a fish house set up. The snowmobile trails have been busy. Other time was spent investigating late-season trapping.
CO Andrew Dirks (CCSRA) reports temperatures well below freezing led to slow activity in the recreation area for the week. Ice conditions were checked on several of the mine pits throughout the week, with an average of 9 inches of ice found near access points. Anglers should have good conditions for the upcoming trout opener, but are still encouraged to check ice conditions on their own as they venture out. Enforcement action for the week included license violations and expired registration on recreational vehicles.