District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2016-07-12

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. Boaters are reminded that lights are required at sunset. A report of illegally dumped lake weeds at a public access was investigated. Angling license, boating, burning, and littering violations were encountered during the week.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted state park personnel with camper related issues. Warm weather has slowed most fishing around Lac Qui Parle. Several blue green algae blooms were seen on area lakes after recent rains washed in nutrients.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports normal summer outdoor recreational activity continued to be worked during the week. Most of the boating safety violations encountered dealt with insufficient life jackets or life jackets not being worn by those required. Majority of the walleye being caught are under 14 inches. Assistance was given with city events on Cottonwood Lake over the weekend. ATV operators are reminded that the ag zone ditch restrictions are still in place until August 1st.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused time checking anglers, boaters, and ATV?s for compliance. He has been noticing signs of ATV traffic within the boundaries of state owned land, including wildlife management areas and scientific and natural areas, which are closed to ATV traffic, unless there is a designated trail open to motor vehicles. Dirks asked that if anyone witnesses this activity to report it. He also assisted Brown County with a drowning at a county park.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety. ATV activity remains high as does boating activity. Some area lakes are producing smaller walleye.

Benson - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.