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CO Report: Fishing equipment seized over extra lines

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd #2) worked sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement this week. Warm weather brought the snowmobiling to a near halt and trails have numerous barren areas. Officer Guida followed up on a TIP call resulting in a seizure of nu...

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd #2) worked sport fishing and snowmobile enforcement this week. Warm weather brought the snowmobiling to a near halt and trails have numerous barren areas. Officer Guida followed up on a TIP call resulting in a seizure of numerous extra lines including tip ups, rattle reels, and angling rods, all being used for angling. The violator stated that he did not remember a previous contact addressing extra lines approximately five years ago with Officer Guida. A violation check revealed that the violator had been addressed on five different occasions by three different conservation officers for using extra lines.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and snowmobile activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting a slower bite in the area, and snowmobilers are finding poor trail conditions due to the recent warm weather. CO McGowan also attended a district training session.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked sloppy ice fishing conditions throughout the week. Contacts included extra lines, unattended lines, litter, minor alcohol consumption, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked snowmobilers and ice fishermen. Officer Hunter assisted with the USXC snowmobile race. CO Hunter received a call of a snowmobile that had fallen through the ice. Snowmobile trail conditions have deteriorated substantially in the area and ice conditions are fading as well.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week focusing on the winter trout season. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for violations including no trout stamps, improperly marked fish houses, litter, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol in the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, and allowing dogs to chase deer.

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CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports that the warm weather made an impact on the snowmobile trails but some folks still got their riding in. Several anglers were out enjoying the heat wave. CO Ladd removed an abandoned portable fish house from the ice and checked several anglers. If you travel to a new lake, be sure to check the special regulations; citations were issued for illegal length walleye and extra lines.

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angling and ATV activity as snow conditions deteriorated in the warm weather and rain. He also attended training and worked on some equipment maintenance.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking fishermen on Mille Lacs Lake and other area lakes. Most were catching some fish and enjoying the warmer temperatures. The Officer attended a district meeting and training and also worked on some upcoming presentations to different groups. Calls regarding car kill deer and fishing law related questions and information were fielded. Officer Fitzgerald worked with a neighboring officer on Big Sandy Lake where lots of folks were out trying their luck. Most had some crappies and walleyes and many were just out trying to enjoy the January warm-up. Lots of outdoor law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Area snowmobile trails were monitored for traffic but with the warm weather and rain most of the trails deteriorated quickly. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing, snowmobiling, and ATV related violations.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing and snowmobile activity with the bite found to be good for walleye. Violations for riding on the shoulder of a highway with a snowmobile and possessing fillets on Mille Lacs were found. A snowmobile trespass complaint was also addressed. CO Starr found an unattended tip up that was frozen in 4 inches of ice, upon chiseling the tip up out, a lively pike was caught and released. A nearby angler who watched the events, humorously asked for CO Starr's fishing license. CO Starr came across what first appeared to be a feral pig on a township road, but later found it was a pet pig that was out for an adventure. The owners were warned to keep the hog in a pen.

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