Conservation officer reports - May 9, 2019
District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) spent the week enforcing boating, fishing, ATV, fire and bowfishing activities. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, registration and lifejacket issues.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers having success catching crappies and sunfish. He worked overlimit and taking-bass-out-of-season TIPs. ATV trails in the Foothills State Forest are still under spring closure restrictions.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) monitored fish run activity and spring panfish angling pressure. One angler was checked after he caught numerous panfish from a lake with invasive species and then transported them alive in a quantity of lake water to another invasive species lake to continue fishing. Transportation of live fish and failing to drain water-related equipment violations were addressed.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for angling activity. Numerous anglers were out looking for crappies but limited success was noted. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boat and water safety violations. McGowan also provided a ride-along opportunity to a college student studying to become a conservation officer.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked turkey hunters and monitored bowfishing activity. She assisted at an ATV safety class in Tamarack and instructed a homeowner not to burn the massive pile of old furniture and debris they had piled up in their fire pit area.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports patrolling the park for illegal vehicle and SRA activity. Area lakes were checked for fishing, boating and AIS activity. A fishing complaint was investigated and assistance was given to a local agency on a call for service. Time was also spent working with park staff on priority areas where there has been illegal activity in the past. A ride-along opportunity was given to a college student who has interest in becoming a conservation officer. He attended several meetings during the week.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, trapping and off-road vehicle activity. Feeders located near deer stands while working turkey hunters were documented for follow up in the fall.