District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports ice conditions to be unpredictable on most lakes due to the warmer temperatures. Some ATV activity was seen. Follow up on dogs chasing deer in different areas is being addressed.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, atv, big game, and small game activity during the week. Assistance was given regarding a big game investigation. A TIP call was also received.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled for deer and pheasant hunters, as well as checked fishermen and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also gave a law and ethics presentation to a local snowmobile safety class.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working small game hunting and the end of the muzzleloader deer season. A few anglers were observed enjoying the winter trout fishing opportunities in Forestville State Park. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) checked anglers, deer hunters, and pheasant hunters. The officer also monitored trapping and ATV activity. Time was also spent patrolling local Wildlife Management Areas.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports checking muzzleloader and angling activity. Muzzleloading activity was low. Angling activity was moderate. Ice thickness continues to be variable on area lakes.

WREO Julie Siems followed up on WCA and public waters violations. Lake Service Providers were also contacted regarding training requirements.

Mankato #1 Vacant

Albert Lea - Vacant

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.