District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked fishermen and snowmobilers. While patrolling the snowmobile trails with CO Heyn, they found an illegally shot deer they investigated. He also attended a demonstration at the Winona County Sheriff?s Office of an ice rescue boat.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports crappie, bluegill and perch were biting this past week. Coyote hunters continue to success with calling. A train had 18 cars derailed south of Brownsville along pool 8 on the Mississippi River.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) patrolled for sport fishing enforcement. CO Seamans assisted other area officers with two big game cases. Enforcement action was taken included no fishing license in possession and angling with extra lines. Area reservoirs were very slippery as a result of warm temperatures. One angler reported breaking through the ice while walking on an area reservoir.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking numerous shed hunters and trout anglers out over the warm weekend. Shed hunters were having some success as the nice weather kept them in the woods most of the day. Trout anglers were also having some success. Snowmobilers were out but had snow conditions deteriorate very quickly. Cross country ski trails were good and saw high use.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and snowmobiles during the week. The warm weather really shut down the snowmobiling as the trails were in very poor shape. Fishing success was mixed.

CO Phil George (Rochester) assisted neighboring officers with an investigation into a couple of deer that were shot. He checked anglers on area reservoirs, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Enforcement action was taken for possession of drug paraphernalia and no angling licenses in possession.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking snowmobile and fishing activity. Towards the end of the week the trails went downhill in hurry with the warm temps. Fishing pressure is steady but success remains low. The weekend was spent talking at a snowmobile safety class and working on a deer case. Some fishing violations were detected over the course of the week.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports concluding a very busy enforcement detail on LOW as well as finishing up training a new Conservation Officer for the division. He also worked on another coyote hunting trespass complaint. Finally, he worked fishing enforcement on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The nice weather has brought a fair number of fishermen out but success has been spotty.

Zumbrota - vacant.