Conservation officer Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers last week who were reporting slow activity. Snowmobiling activity seems to be slowing due to the warmer weather, but snow conditions on lakes remain good. Lee assisted with local law enforcement agencies with a multiple vehicle accident that involved injuries.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) monitored the last snowmobilers of the season, checked anglers and readied equipment for possible spring flooding. Anglers report a good panfish bite, reports of dogs chasing deer are starting to come in and returning waterfowl are showing up in rivers and creeks.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports there have only been a few ice anglers out trying their luck. The catching has been slow and the ice has become slushy. Garbage on the ice continues to be a problem. Some local residents have been out cleaning up problem areas.
He worked with Collette near Ely checking trout anglers and snowmobilers. Coyote hunters have been out and having some success despite the deep snow. Reports of deer carcass dumping were also investigated.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted at the Brainerd Outdoor Expo in the TIP booth. The panfish anglers that can get out on the lake are having mixed success as the warm weather has created 12-18 inches of slush on most lakes. A TIP call continues to be investigated of over fishing on an area lake. Follow up on fish houses left on the ice after deadline and snowmobilers were checked.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked snowmobile and fishing enforcement. Some anglers are venturing out with rubber boots and attempting to catch some pan fish.
Guida worked the Brainerd Outdoor Expo. A highlight of his career occurred when two disabled adults, who after some coaxing, tried their luck at the DNR’s electronic lasershot firearms simulator that was a highlight of the Expo. Both adults were able to score hits on Mallard Mania and one reflected that it was just like they were young again.