The following reports were filed by DNR conservation officers in the Mille Lacs and Princeton districts on July 10.
Mille Lacs area
• Officer Dan Starr (Onamia)worked a quiet 4th of July holiday and found compliance on boating and fishing regulations to be good. A water appropriation call is currently being investigated. The full moon brought out some night time muskie fishing, but reports of active fish were very few. A fire case was followed up on, with enforcement action pending. Violations for improper navigational lighting were addressed.
• Officer Chris Tetrault (Isle) had a busy week. A lot of people were still in the area from the holiday weekend. Angling and watercraft safety patrols were conducted on area lakes. The Redtop and Soo Line were also being heavily used and no violations were found, thank you. Assistance was given to the various law enforcement agencies for a vehicle crash and a burglary. The officer also assisted with the Governor’s detail on Mille Lacs Lake.
• Officer Mike Krauel (Milaca) did not have a report this week.• Officer Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen, boaters, and invasive species on area lakes and rivers. He issued summons and written warnings for operating PWC w/o operating sticker, failure to display valid watercraft registrations, no life jackets/PFDs, riding on gunwale, angling w/o license in possession, unattended fishing lines, and failure to remove vegetation from watercraft and trailers. He answered a number of nuisance animal complaints and issued a beaver permit. Officer Sladek followed up on a wetland complaint in Otsego; charges pending. He also assisted the Sherburne County Sheriff?s Office on a fireworks show on Briggs Lake. Officer Sladek attended court in Sherburne County on a big game case from last fall.