District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports working an AIS detail with Officer Miska on the Big Stone Opener. Turkey hunters are out and having good success. The Appleton ATV Park had lots of use over the weekend. Violations for the week included take northern out of season, no angling license, fail to remove drain plug, and angling with an extra line.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing and turkey hunting activity during the week. A busy border water opener was worked at Big Stone Lake. Anglers were met with strong winds, but still managed to get some time on the water. The walleye bite was slow, but anglers said it was good to be in the boat. This officer assisted with speaking to students about law and ethics, at a Firearms Safety Class in Ortonville. AIS and angling license violations were encountered.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working anglers participating in the South Dakota/Minnesota Border Waters opener. Officer investigated complaints of various violations on the Lac que Parle WMA. Issues included a burning fire, large amounts of litter, graffiti, and wanton waste.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) focused time working turkey hunters, fishing, and ATV activity. Turkey hunters are reminded that they have 24 hours to register their turkey. ATV operators are reminded that they need to have their headlights on at all times. CO spoke at two firearms safety classes consisting of about 20 students each. A wetlands violation was also investigated.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH Radio. Lake Hendricks fishing opener was a success with nice fish being caught, winds slowed activities on Saturday. Fishing license not in possession seemed to be the most common violation. Turkey hunters are having success.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, turkey hunting, and ATV enforcement. Turkey hunters that did some proper scouting have had good success. Remember to register your turkey within 24 hours of harvest. Recent rainfall brought the water level up on the Redwood River which made things challenging for trout fishermen. Fishermen are reminded that anybody between the ages of 18-64 needs a trout stamp to fish a designated trout stream even if you are not keeping trout. The law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class was taught in Marshall.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and conducting investigations. The northern and walleye season is closed. Attempting to take these fish is illegal. Numerous complaints of out-of-season angling have been worked. Assistance was given the DNR Wildlife Division reference neighboring landowner encroachment. Enforcement actions were taken for take northern in closed season and allow closed season angling.

Benson - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.