District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2016-05-24


CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) spent time checking anglers, and turkey hunters. Catfish activity is picking back up with several limits observed over the weekend. Enforcement action included angling without a fishing license. CO also spent time at Camp Ripley completing division training, and assisting with the Morgan firearms safety training field day.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring aquatic invasives compliance. Lake Sarah is giving up large numbers of small walleyes to anglers from across the region. A 92 boat tournament on Lake Shetek reported about half a walleye per boat average. Enforcement action was taken for transport live fish; fail to drain fish containers, and license violations.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. The officer talked about ATV and boating safety on the Minn-Dak Outdoor?s radio show on KDIO Radio in Ortonville. ATV riders are reminded that: Anyone born after July 1, 1987, who is 12 or older, must have a valid ATV Safety Certificate to operate on public lands, trails, frozen waters, and when a road right-of-way. Angling, ATV, and boating violations were encountered during the week.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports fishing activity picked up with nice weather. Anglers are finding good luck catching crappie, walleye, white bass, northern, and drum on LqP. CO Picht assisted with the local ?Take a Kid fishing? tournament where over 30 fish were caught and all kids received a fishing pole and tackle.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working anglers and following up on wildlife complaints. Enforcement action was taken with anglers for illegal length walleyes, license issues, and improper navigational lights. Officer also completed training at Camp Ripley.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH Radio. The officer is assisting the Lyon County Sheriff?s Office with a grass fire investigation. The fire occurred near Dudley slough near Marshall. Fishing on area lakes has been good.

Benson - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.

District 16 - New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers and boaters. He educated lake users about AIS laws. Time was also spent on TIP calls related to keeping bass during the closed season.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time checking boaters and anglers on area lakes. Action was taken on boat safety equipment and no angling license violations. Vernier also completed division training at Camp Ripley.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) worked with the Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District on a possible wetland violation and stopped the tiling of a wetland. Time was also spent working night anglers that were having a little success with the nice weather. While Klehr was working with a neighboring CO they took a driving complain that just passed them and once the vehicle was stopped it turned out to be a DUI arrest. Klehr also assisted Meeker County in an effort to find a missing child; the child was found unharmed.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Kids were rewarded with ice cream for wearing lifejackets while in the boats. She took a call of an OHV/ATV mud group ride along the Minnesota River near Franklin. The caller was concerned with damage to WMAs and township roads along the river.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) checked anglers with a little more success. Anglers were catching some nice eating size walleye and panfish in the area. Oberg also worked on a TIP case where some coots were shot out of season. Oberg also instructed officers at Camp Ripley for firearms qualifications.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) attended training at Camp Ripley. He worked fishing, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement. He observed good fishing success for multiple species.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) continued to patrol angling activity and found great compliance amongst boaters related to AIS laws. Enforcement activity for the week involved numerous license issues. Miller fielded questions related to the ongoing turkey season and hunters are continuing to have success despite the late season. Miller also fielded complaints regarding pheasants being taken out of season and ongoing litter issues at public access points.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he has been working angling, invasive species, and boat and water enforcement. The walleye, crappie, white bass bite has been good in the area. Complaints of bass out of season and extra lines resulted in enforcement action. Gruhlke also investigated a complaint of dumping bow shot fish on private property.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) responded and investigated TIP calls regarding over-limit violations. Boating and AIS inspections and education were performed. The majority of questions fielded were regarding minnow buckets and how to dispose of minnows when there is no garbage or assigned area to dispose of them at. Contact information was relayed to the appropriate division and recommendations were given. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.