District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) assisted with a youth turkey hunt at Chester Woods Park near Rochester. Twelve youth hunters took part and seven ended up tagging birds. A special thanks goes out to the Olmsted County Park Department and their staff as well as the NWTF local chapter. Time was also spent checking trout anglers over the opener. Success was fair to good with most anglers having a trout or two in the creel. A trespass case was also investigated with enforcement action taken.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a good start to the turkey and trout seasons. Many fishermen were checked with good numbers of trout but the turkey hunting was slower. Hemker investigated two different dumping trash complaints. In one case, a letter from a county about failing to appear for parking tickets was found in the dumped pile and was used to find responsible party. He spent time attempting to locate a person that failed to stop for an AIS inspector and had a ride along from a local college.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the great week of weather didn?t help out first season turkey hunters. Gobblers went quiet after they flew down from the roost. Hunters are not seeing turkeys on the fields like they seen over the past years. Trout fishermen had great success. Streams were clear and fish were a bit spooky. One group of anglers from northern Minnesota were having such a good day they didn?t even put up a tent, just slept out under the stars. He took care of a complaint of mini bikes operating on the Reno Dike. Enforcement for the week included no angling license, no license in possession and vehicle trespass on a federal refuge.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week on the Mississippi and its backwaters as well as area trout streams. Panfish action has been pretty good with sunfish, perch, and some crappie being checked as well as some bass, northern, walleye and of course some trout. Time was also spent working the first turkey season, the 2015 trout opener, and assisting at a mentored youth turkey hunt.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and turkey hunters during the past week. Turkey hunters had great weather and mixed success. Trout opener was extremely busy and the fishing seemed slower overall.

CO Phil George (Rochester) reports turkey season started out with some fair weather and several anglers were out after pan fish and trout. Officer George taught the laws and ethics portion of two firearms safety classes and issued road kill permits for deer. Enforcement action for the week included over limits of sunfish, angling without a license, no PFDs onboard a watercraft, no registration on an ATV, and operating in the road ditch in the Ag Zone.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time during the week checking turkey hunting and fishing activity. The weekend was spent checking trout anglers, turkey hunters and river anglers. The turkey hunters were having a tough time locating birds and there were fewer trout anglers than normal observed on the streams. The numbers of river anglers was high but the fishing success has slowed down. Some fishing violations were detected.

Rochester #2 - vacant.