CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) conducted investigations and checked angling and ATV activity during the week. The officer was a featured guest on the MinnDak Outdoors radio show in Ortonville. Angling violations were encountered.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time completing training at Camp Ripley. Despite the cold weather, there was a good showing at the Ice Castle Classic ice fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake. Officer Gutzwiller had the opportunity to speak to one youth who caught his first walleye through the ice over the weekend. Ongoing complaints of hunter trespass and litter on area lakes continue to be investigated.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) worked a fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake over the weekend. Despite chilly weather and a slow bite, anglers contacted by the officer appeared to be in high spirits and enjoyed the event. Anglers reported little success during the week, though some had better luck Saturday evening. Enforcement action was taken for license violations.
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) spent much of the week attending training. The officer also spent time working ice fishing and snowmobile activity.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working snowmobile riders and checking ice anglers. Snowmobilers continue to pound a few road ditches near towns and some of the southern groomed trails. A few area lakes are producing sporadic walleye bites.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) patrolled the Ice Castle tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake. The organizers did an excellent job of helping clean up the area after the event and asking sportsmen to assist in cleaning up whenever they?re on the lake. Thank you for your continued efforts to keep Lac qui Parle Lake clean for all to enjoy.
Lake Benton vacant.
Redwood Falls - vacant.