Conservation Officer

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity and saw limits of crappies and tullibees. Beaver trappers are getting out and making use of the increasing open water. Verkuilen also staffed the booth at the Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic.

CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling ice angling and ATV enforcement. She checked anglers out on area lakes. Whiteoak also spent time maintaining equipment for the spring season.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to a call of a portable ice shelter abandoned on a local lake. She also received a complaint of a nuisance bobcat and issued car-killed deer possession tags.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) monitored the extended pike-fishing season on Mille Lacs Lake. There was also a good tullibee bite. Panfish are providing some action on smaller lakes in the area. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, no license in possession, and recreational vehicle registration. Starr will be charging an individual for felony drug possession after a routine fishing check turned up drugs. ATV riders are reminded that snowmobile trails are still closed to ATV riding.

CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) primarily worked sport fishing enforcement this past week. An Aitkin County CWD feeding and attractants ban violation was addressed.

CO Ben Karon (Pine City) continued to check anglers this past week. Fishing activity has slowed. ATV patrol was conducted and trapping activity was monitored.

Isle – vacant.

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