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TIP call leads to big fishing violation catch

Area anglers among top

finishers on Mille Lacs

Doug Erickson of Brainerd teamed with Kevin Read of Fargo to place 26th in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit qualifier that ended June 1 on Lake Mille Lacs.

Erickson and Read weighed the maximum 10 fish in the two-day event, totaling 12.91 pounds. That was good enough for $750.

Pennsylvanians Doug Yohe and Charlie Brant tapped the hot Mille Lacs Lake walleye bite for a 17.20-pound total to top the 131-boat field. The win was good for $19,500.

The tournament was held in conjunction with the first two days of the Cabela’s National Team Championship, a three-day event featuring 228 teams from more than 60 walleye clubs across the country. Travis Sanger of South Dakota and Terry Zimmerman of Nebraska won with the maximum of 15 fish totaling 26.13 pounds.

Locally, Brian Dembouski of Isle teamed with Michael Herrick of St. Louis Park to finish 14th at 19.76 pounds and Sterling Spicer and Darrel Johnson of Brainerd placed 22nd at 17.81 pounds — with only 11 fish.

TIP call leads to big

fishing violation catch

A recent call to the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) hotline led a DNR conservation officer to three anglers committing alleged over-limit fishing violations on the Rainy River along the Minnesota/Canada border. They face fines and restitution of $3,000.

State conservation officer Robert Gorecki of Baudette recently received an anonymous TIP call about a group of anglers possessing an over-limit and double tripping during the May 12 fishing opener on the Rainy River in Lake of the Woods County. The caller also said one of the anglers didn’t have a fishing license.

James A. Fleck, 50, of Hillman was charged with 40 sunfish and 11 walleye over the legal limit. The current daily possession limit for walleye/sauger on the Rainy River is six. Only one walleye can be more than 28 inches; not more than four can be walleye — walleye 19½ to 28-inches must be immediately released. The daily possession limit for sunfish is 20. Fleck faces fines and restitution totaling $1,780.

Fleck said he caught the sunfish in the Morrison County area.

Gerald L. Hatch, 67, of Milaca was charged with 12 walleye more than the legal limit. He faces fines and restitution of $715.

Daniel E. Hastings, 50, of Baudette was charged with six northern pike over the limit. He faces fines and restitution of $370.

Crow Wing Canoe Day & Fur Trade Encampment set

The annual Crow Wing Canoe Day & Fur Trade Encampment is scheduled June 16 at Crow Wing State Park.

No vehicle permit is required to enter Crow Wing State Park for the event.

The day starts at Kiwanis Park in nearby Brainerd, where canoeists will lauch at 11 a.m. on the Mississippi River. Arrival time at Crow Wing State Park is about 1:30 p.m. A shuttle service return to Brainerd will be provided.

At the park, the Crow Wing County Muzzle Loaders will set up an authentic fur trade-era encampment. Crafts of the era will be demonstrated starting at 10 a.m.

Camping is available at the park campgrounds. For information, call Crow Wing State Park at 825-3075.

GCOLA sponsors

boat safety class

The final boat safety class for all teens between the ages of 12 and 17 will be June 20 at Zorbas in Lake Shore.

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association in conjunction with the Cass and Crow Wing County Water Patrol and the U.S. Corps of Engineers is sponsoring the class, which qualifies participants for the required permit to operate a boat. The class deals with all rules and regulations and provides participants some behind-the-wheel training.

Class starts at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by Zorbas.

Call Mary Kay Larson for details and pre-registration at 829-2797 (evenings) or (218) 963-7390.

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