District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2014-04-22

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, ATV, and WMA enforcement. Trout fishermen continue to try their luck on those designated stream areas along the Redwood River. A few boaters were out on area lakes trying to find some spring crappies and getting their boats prepared for summer. Boat owners are reminded to check their registration and safety equipment before venturing out. Annual enforcement division training was also attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Doug Lage (Lake Benton) reports that the burning of prohibited materials was an issue with enforcement action being taken. Lake Hendricks had a very nice weekend, weather wise, for the opener. Fishing was slow but anglers enjoyed being out in their boats. CO Lage attended several days of training at Camp Ripley.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) worked the ice free border water opener on Big Stone Lake. Many anglers were excited to be on open water after the long winter. Fishing success was low, but compliance was high. An investigation involving illegally shot migratory birds was taken near Appleton. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the TIP line. Incidentally taken otter were also seized during the week.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working anglers and ATVs. Time was also spent instructing fellow officers during the recent annual in-service training session. ATV activity has increased due to warm temperatures and muddy conditions.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) issued numerous out of state minnow transport permits throughout the week and conducted commercial inspections. The officer also followed up on a TIP complaint of someone catching walleyes out of season.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) collected several incidental otter caught in spring beaver traps. Please be aware that otter tend to migrate in the spring to ponds where fish spawn. This results in a higher than average number of otter in one area. This concentration led to the recent incidental catch of five river otter in a 24 hour period from one short stretch of the Minnesota River. For more information regarding ways to avoid catching river otter in the spring visit the MN DNR?s website.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. Two restoration orders and two RPNs were served in Lincoln County. A WCA violation was reported in Sibley County. AIS info was issued to fishermen on area lakes and rivers.

Benson - vacant.

Madison - vacant.

Redwood Falls - vacant.