District 5 — Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports a very busy holiday weekend with lots of people boating and fishing on Rainy Lake and out enjoying the nice weather. Enforcement action for the week included fish overlimit, illegal-length fish, no fishing licenses, insufficient PFDs, and boat registration violations. People are reminded to make sure everything is in order before hitting the water to make their outdoor experience safe and enjoyable.
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls #2) had a busy week working boat and water safety enforcement for Canada’s national holiday, Canada Day, and working with local law enforcement on the Fourth of July. Watercraft operators are reminded to know the rules and regulations when out on the water as well as the navigational light requirements. Angler success seemed to vary on Rainy Lake, with walleyes being caught as shallow 4.5 feet to as deep as 30 feet. Violations encountered during the week included ATVs traveling on road rights of way, no license in personal possession, expired watercraft registration, failure to have a legal life-saving device on board watercraft, and overlimit of walleyes on Rainy Lake.
CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports boating enforcement was the main focus throughout the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Overall, boating safety compliance was high and most groups encountered were acting responsibly. A complaint of ATV use in a state campground was addressed. Anglers reported an increase in success over the previous week, and those not finding the fish were happy to be in the area on vacation anyway. Assistance was given to St. Louis County and first responders for a medical emergency that began on an island in Kabetogama Lake.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) worked angling and boating activities over the week. Holiday weekend boating was monitored on area lakes. ATV activity was checked. Beaver- and bear-related complaints continue. Equipment work is ongoing.
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, and ATV activity. The Fourth of July week brought a substantial increase in boating activity. Anglers continue to report limited success on Lake Vermilion. Enforcement action was taken for boating and ATV violations.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent much of the week on Lake Vermilion. A number of boats were stopped for loud exhaust, which continues to be a common complaint on the lake. There were a number of complaints regarding personal watercraft issues, which prompted Hopkins to focus patrol on PWC enforcement. A few boats were stopped for passengers riding on the gunwale. Hopkins assisted with a disabled boat, which was towed to shore by the Breitung Fire Department.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, boating, ATV riders and the state park. He worked a complaint of intoxicated individuals in the state park. Two extremely intoxicated individuals were cited for alcohol in the park, including one 18-year-old. Arrangements for transportation were made for their safety. Boating activity was busy during the holiday weekend. Operators of paddleboats, paddleboards and kayaks are reminded that PFDs are required. One PWC operator who was driving carelessly capsized his PWC and injured his passenger.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent a busy week mostly patrolling lakes in the Virginia area. Warm weather brought out high numbers of boaters. The primary violation far and away was insufficient PFDs. Numerous citations were issued for the violation. Other violations encountered included angling without a license and various ATV violations. Frericks received information from area lakeshore owners about three dead loons that have shown up on an Eveleth-area lake. The loons were collected and will be turned over to be examined.