Conservation officers' reports: Aug. 26, 2020
District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) focused work on anglers this past week. Some lakes are producing a decent panfish bite. ATV riders were checked with nice weather days leading to a lot of ATV use. He attended the Academy graduation for Honor Guard duties.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked Cass and Crow Wing county lakes throughout the past week. Enforcement action was taken for numerous angling and boating violations. He also assisted local law enforcement agencies with calls for service. McGowan also started phase one of field training with a new officer from the Conservation Officer Academy.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked fishing, ATV, wild rice and bear-baiting activity this past week. Best took enforcement action for a panfish overlimit, altering the course of a waterway and various ATV issues. In one stop on a Class 2 ATV the following issues were addressed: over capacity, no seatbelts or helmets worn by juveniles, no ATV safety, open container, age of operator and no valid driver’s license in a roadway.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked ATV, bear-baiting, watercraft and angling activity. Invasive species work was done at landings and a lakebed alteration case was worked.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) patrolled the Foot Hills State Forest and checked watercrafts and ATVs. He checked anglers on Loon Lake for licenses as well as proper boating safety equipment. Sullivan also conducted ATV enforcement, with enforcement action taken for unlawful youth operation.