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Section 2 f,» I’m not one to like storms. I truly cherish them, from a time many, many, years and storms ago. I was young, it was a warm summer afternoon and my mother came into the kitchen where I was sitting, and she was espe- cially smiley.» She asked me if I was ready. I said ready for what mom, and she said well you take off your shoes and socks and you come quickly with me. I did just that and out the front door we went. Over my head, she had me hold a metal pressure cooker pot and over her head was a large potato salad 65% ECHO/ Page (3 Trout Whisperer Storms more of them. bowl. The rain swept down in sheets, we were soaked in seconds and we scampered about and then the hail stones started striking those pots and pans on our heads and the tinkle sounds interrupted by hail pings was hilarious. I had no idea what hail was. I must have plucked the ice chunks off the grass and eaten a snow cone of them before my tongue was to cold to eat any- SATUFIDAY, JULY 20, 2019 ing, than that afternoon. Now, so much older, I get a bit antsy about impend— ing storms, the damage one could cause, will friends be okay, and yet, I still can’t stay in the house when the lightning flashes, the rain pours, thunder grumbles on the'way in, and then booms overhead and grumbles its way back into a distance I cant follow, but wish I could. --The trout whisperer In all my childhood years of remembrances I can’t recall one where I had more fun, ribs actually aching, face muscle soreness from smiling and laughter laugh- Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report Walleye — Walleye fishing remains a shallow water affair, with good numbers being caught in 6-8 feet of water. Weed— beds have been best, but windy shorelines are also productive. Walleyes are also be- ing caught out on the sunken islands, but it’s more of a one or two fish then move to the next hump for one or two more fish. Anglers are reporting that fishing out there is slow, but the big walleyes are out there. Anglers fishing shallow have been catching walleyes by simply casting a jig and leech or jig and half a crawler. Shallow diving crankbaits, casted, is also worth knotting. Frances James of Minneapolis caught this 27.5 inch walleye on Burntside Lake during the July 4th holiday. She was uSing a leech and released the fish. She wrote: “A stream or a lake, an ocean or a pond, still the water waits. A daughter, her father, ready their rods for the lures and bait. The time in between, a bite or a hook, perfect for laughter and peace. Maybe a ‘fish, maybe a snag, either way the day is at ease.” For anglers fishing out around the sunken islands, they should focus fishing in 12-15 feet of water, with spinner rigs tipped with a leech or crawler or jig and leech. Blue, pink and gold remain the hot colors. Smallmouth Smallmouth fishing remains excellent as fish begin to stage on the edge of the first break. Anglers should still be working the shoreline, but out a little deeper in about 10 feet, for the bigger bass. Topwater fishing remains good early in the morning, but as the sun gets up, anglers should switch to spin— nerbaits, jerk baits or senko rigs to keep catching bass. Pink, white and Chartreuse remain the top colors. Crappie Crappies remain shallow but only in weedbeds. Anglers casting a simple jig and twister, close to thick stands of weeds are catching nice crap- pies. 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Big pike are now showing up out on deep reefs and are being caught by ac— cident by anglers fishing for walleye’s. Anglers looking to target these fish, are having luck with large minnow baits fished right on top of the humps. J w‘II'W-l l I “744 In ‘1 ‘5 Wm Nut-1h" l-tn— m- s‘“ Ahfill‘.‘ un— n‘ .l'n'l-i n-23ll‘ Melanie Mehling from Bolton MA was all smiles after catching a stringer full of walleye on Shagawa Lake with Grandpa and Grandma Buchner. at “FISHERMAN’S PARADISE” via Crane Lake, Minn. “Port of Entry” 55725 American Plan Housekeeping Cabins, Complete Canoe Outfitters, Boat Trips, Tow Service across Lac La Croix operating Dawson Portage Bus & Boat Hauls. Fabulous smallmouth bass fishing walleye, northern pike, lake trout, rainbow, sturgeon, crappies, white fish, largemouth bass. DELUXE GUIDED CANOE TRIPS. Seaplane Ely to Lac La Croix, Beaverhouse Lake, Nym Lake, #43 La Croix Ranger Station. Quick, easy access to #44, Bottle, Iron, Crooked Lake area #42 Twin Falls, Mallgne River, PoohBah Lake, Sturgeon Lake. DIAL: 807-485-2492 218-365-4018 ELY DNR Conservation weekly report for the week of July District - Two Harbors area CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) assisted St. Louis County and Lake County Search and Rescue for several days in the BWCA searching for a camper who had walked away from his group. During the second day of searching it was discovered that the missing person had intentionally left his group to attempt to walk through the 1.1 million acre Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. Rescue efforts were called off after no sign was found. A Canadian search plane was able to locate him after three days of being missing and he was brought to American authorities in International Falls. CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled lakes over the busy holiday week; one boat contacted had no life jackets at all, in addi— tion to being overloaded with passengers. Paddle boarders and kayakers are reminded that they need to have life jackets as well. Manning also helped teach firearms at the current Academy at Camp Ripley, as— sisted with a county call on fireworks and participated as part of the Minnesota DNR Honor Guard at the funeral of White Earth Conservation Officer Richard Fox, Jr. CO Anthony Bennel(Babbitt) worked a busy Fourth of July week of boating and angling enforcement. One day was spent working the Aurora station with CO Broughten. Numerous extra—line citations were issued during the week, along with citations for unregistered boats, no PFDs, ’operating a PWC after hours, no naviga- tional lights after sunset, and no angling license. Overall, it was a slow fish bite but the weather was good. CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked a busy Fourth of July week. Time was spent mostly on the water, but some time was spent working ATV trails as well. Schottenbauer encountered an 8—year- old who was refusing to wear a PFD as required by law. He offered the kid a ride back to the camp site and an end to the day?s boating activities. The kid promptly put onhis PFD, and Schottenbauer noted a smirk from Grandma. . CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the busy holiday weekend checking an— glers, boaters and ATV riders. Time was spent on Lake Superior, inland lakes and in the'BWCAW. Enforcement action Was taken for boating and angling violations. CO Den Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity over the holi- day weekend. Fishing remained good on Lake Superior and many anglers were out trying to hook a salmon or lake trout. Bear activity remained high with the animals finding human food sources mostly in unsecured trash bins. Enforcement action was taken for illegal burning activity and licensing violations. 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 fol. 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 be- ing 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 pos- session, 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 through- out 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 find- ing 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 con— tinue. 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 com- plaint 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 Pontoon Rentals " th-sbS-tr‘loo 1 were cited for alcohol in the park, includ- ing one 18-year-old. Arrangements for transportation were made for their safety. Boating activity was busy during the holi- day 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. 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