Conservation Officer Weekly Reports

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-07-05


CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports lots of people out enjoying the holiday weekend with the weather finally cooperating. Boating and fishing enforcement activities on Rainy Lake were monitored with enforcement action taken for no angling license in possession, insufficient number of PFDs, operating watercraft after sunset without required lighting, and overlimit of walleye. Instruction of emergency vehicle operation and driving training for fellow officers was conducted at Camp Ripley.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports a quiet 4th of July weekend. Area lakes were monitored for fishing and boating activities. Activity levels appear down from previous years. Time was spent at public access sites, monitoring area forest roads and following up on a report of a beached blue whale.  Turns out it was the Hildabeast eating puppies on the beach.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week on Lake Vermilion. Angling was slow. CO Velsvaag also worked the lake over part of the holiday weekend and observed lots of boating activity, with multiple complaints on jet skis operating too fast near shore and other boaters.

Last updated: 2016-06-13


CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports fairly busy weekend with lots of people enjoying the nicer weather. Fishing, boat and water safety, invasive species enforcement activities took up most of the week. Enforcement action was taken for over limits of and northern pike, illegal length walleye, transport/ possession of unmeasurable walleye while on the water, and possess fish that were unlawfully taken in Canada. Wolf depredation cases were also investigated during the week. Read more »

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News from Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota

Welcome to Lake, a place to share information on the Lake Kabetogama area.
Lake Kabetogama is one of four vast, interconnected lakes in Voyageurs National Park. Lake Kabetogama, Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, and Sand Point Lake are part of the 14,900-square-mile Rainy Lake basin. Lake Kabetogama is about 25000 acres in size with about 200 islands and has a maximum depth of about 90 feet.

Lake Kabetogama has hundreds of island campsites

maintained by the Park with docks, tent pads, campfire rings and primitive toilets. Most also have lockable bear boxes for your food. Some of my favorites are Windigo Bay, great views, Cutover Island on the south side, Grassy Island site, another one with great views, but it does have bears at times,  and my favorite, Blue Fin Bay, which has great crappie fishing, views and lots of wildlife.

The following is from the Voyageurs National Park web site-
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Removing Y-Bones from a Northern Pike Fillet

Rating: 4

This video demonstrates how simple and easy it is to remove Y-Bones from a Northern Pike fillet. It is good quality and easy to follow.

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[WATCH]: Navionics Tutorial: Fish'N Chip & NavPlanner

Rating: 5
Ben Ellison, Electronics Editor of Power & Motoryacht and Sail magazines shows us the features & practical use of the Navionics Fish'N Chip & NavPlanner products.

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Repeating success remains an elusive task for United FC

The Loons have yet to win back-to-back MLS games.
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Fall Crappie On Lake Kabetogama

As summer comes to an end, the thought of cooler temperatures and crisp mornings start occurring in the minds of most anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. This is the time of year when most people start cleaning their guns and get ready for the opening day of deer archery, small game and duck season. What most people do not realize is this is the time to score BIG on fall crappie.
Fall crappie fishing can be some of the most exciting and predictable fishing there is! As the water temperatures start to drop, crappie start feeding in preparation for winter. They start gorging themselves minnows. What is so unique about this behavior is the fish prefer areas that have easy access to deep water but yet have the choice of shallow water for feeding purposes. One of my favorite areas for September/October crappies is Sullivan Bay and the mouth of the Ash River on Lake Kabetogama. The crappies have started and they are big. We got some last week that went over 15”. The recent cool weather seems to have turned them on early.

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Lake Kabetogama Fishing

With the walleye season ended, it's time to chase crappie in earnest. We have tried the usual spots, Lost Bay, Deer Island, Sullivan Bay, etc. Best fishing has been in Lost Bay at the mouth of Eks Bay. That has been a pretty consistent spot all winter. We did pretty well last weekend at the mouth of the Ash River, picking up 12 crappie one evening. Some friends have been fishing in the Gold Portage area with pretty good luck although the big northern are a problem, biting off the small crappie jigs. There seems to be an awful lot of BIG northern over there this year. It's getting pretty tough riding on the SkiDoo and it's about time to break out the Polaris ATV as the lake is almost completely snow free. It's still cold enough at nights to be making ice, so I may even drive my pickup out to Lost Bay.

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Kabetogama Ice Fishing Report 2/15/2012

Ice fishing is still pretty good. We have to be a bit more patient as we can see the fish on the camera but have to tease them into biting. 24-42’ with a gold 1/8oz jig and minnow seems to do the trick as well as your favorite jigging Rap. 16-18’ is seeing some nice action early in the morning and late in the evening as well. We’ve now got close to 2 feet of ice and the lake road from the Kabetogama Visitor Center to the Ash River landing has really been great! The park service has all the trails open for snowmobiling also.

Up at the Ash River a mix of shallow and deep waters is needed for the most action. Early morning and late evening 17-21’ and mid day in 35-45’ has proven successful. Using anything that glows for walleye and sauger has worked. The crappie bite continues to be strong! Try across from the Ash River opening over by the opening into Lost Lake.

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Kabetogama Couple Killed in a Plane Crash

A Kabetogama couple killed in a plane crash Saturday in Washington were located Wednesday after they did not arrive at Orcas Island, Wash. Gail and Bob Nevalainen left in a small airplane last week from International Falls on their way to Orcas Island, Wash. They were reported missing by family members Tuesday night. Washington State Department of Transportation launched a search Wednesday morning in the remote wilderness of the northwestern mountains of Washington state. The wreckage of the plane was found about 40 miles east of Bellingham on Twin Sisters Mountain later that day.


Bob and Gail Nevalainen were joined in marriage on Feb. 17, 1979, in Chisholm, Minn., and passed away together on July 11, 2015, on the Twin Sisters Peak in the North Cascades Mountain in Washington State.

Bob, 62, was born Jan. 29, 1953, in Chisholm, to Richard and Gloria Nevalainen. He worked for St. Louis County for 39 years, retiring in 2010, and became the chairman of the Kabetogama Township where he helped accomplish many projects for the good of the community.

He was an outdoor enthusiast with a gift of gab, so whenever subjects of fishing, flying or hunting were brought up, the conversation usually ensued for hours. Bob was enthusiastic about including others in his passion for flying.

Gail, 58, was born March 11, 1957, in Sterling, Ill., to Harry and Blanche Stouffer. She was a stay-at-home mom until her three children entered school. Her love for children inspired her to become a paraprofessional for 17 years until she retired in 2014 to be “Nana” to her four grandchildren.

Gail loved her rock garden, the outdoors and expressed her artistic talent through extravagant, handmade greeting cards. She had a gift of making a complete stranger feel like family, and was an amazing and compassionate woman who would do anything for others. Her quick wit always brought a smile to your face.

As a couple, Bob and Gail were residents of Kabetogama since 1972 and both volunteered on the Kabetogama Fire Department and EMS, as well as being very active in the community.

They cherished their children, grandchildren, family, friends, and were equally admired and loved beyond words.

They will be deeply missed and their absence will leave a void in the many lives they touched.

Bob and Gail are preceded in death by their parents, Richard and Gloria Nevalainen and Harry and Blanche Stouffer.

Bob and Gail’s surviving family include their three children, Chad (Sarah) Nevalainen, Kari (Cole) Hraban, and Heather Nevalainen; grandchildren, Kali and Brielle Hraban and Hunter and Harper Nevalainen; Bob’s siblings, Terry (Tammy) Nevalainen, Cheri (Mike) Baron, Diane (Rick) Swearengin; Gail’s siblings, Marcia (Mark) Stouffer, Keith (Kathy) Stouffer, and Kenneth (Sophie) Stouffer; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, in the Falls High School gymnasium. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the school. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. at Ash-Ka-Nam banquet hall on the Ash River Trail.

In memoriam donations would be preferred to the Nevalainen Memorial Fund: Nevalainen Memorial Fund, Border State Bank, 1414 Hwy 71, International Falls, MN 56649.

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Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls.

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