DNR Enforcement report

• CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) checked ice anglers and continued to monitor trapping activity as the otter and bobcat seasons ended. The panfish bite on most area lakes is good, but people targeting walleyes continue to struggle. Violations included angling without a license and not having a trout stamp on a designated trout lake.

• CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this past week of checking trout-fishing activity on the mine pit lakes in and around the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, and working a snowmobile trail patrol detail in the Ely and Tower areas. Numerous contacts were made for snowmobile operation, equipment, and registration violations.

• CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) followed up on trapping cases and worked snowmobile activity and angling activity on area lakes. Ladd also stopped out at a residence upon seeing heavy amounts of black smoke in the air. She observed the landowner burning a tire. He advised it was just one tire but that he knew it was illegal.

• CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and snowmobile activity. Deer-feeding issues were addressed and a border detail was worked.

• CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling ice angling and snowmobiling enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for litter, illegal-length walleyes taken on Mille Lacs Lake, extra lines, unattended lines, failure to have an ice shelter license, failure to properly identify an ice shelter, and failure to display snowmobile registration. She also spent time following up on snowmobile trail complaints.

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