District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing and ATV enforcement over this past week and weekend. Fishing on the big river has been spotty with some limited success found in various locations. Trout fishermen were also enjoying some success on area trout streams. ATV issues were addressed throughout Goodhue and Wabasha counties. Some computer training was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked anglers and spring time ATV operators. Assisted on a complaint of ATVs stuck in the river, enforcement action was taken. Officer George took a couple unusual animal calls, first one being a 6 foot plus non-native snake crawling alongside a roadway and road killed fisher on county road 7 in Olmsted County. Officer George also took complaints that occurred during last year?s deer season, follow up to be done.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports several citations were issued for fishermen fishing within the 150 foot restricted area below lock and dam 7. They were angling in the same area where five drownings had occurred in the past seven years. All boaters / fishermen need to stay down stream of the large diamonds posted on both sides of the river. Walleyes and perch were being caught in good numbers. He gave a presentation to a youth firearms safety class in Caledonia. Trout fishermen had another great week of fishing.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending the week checking fishermen and ATVs. He assisted a deputy with a complaint of a person getting a small car stuck on an ATV trail. He checked on a complaint of taking trout during closed season but found the people fishing to not have any fish. Hemker also spoke with young people from Winona State University and Winona schools about hunting and fishing.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Fishing success was slower, but some still did ok. Heyn also worked on equipment issues and prepped for training.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking anglers in the area. Fishing has been fair and the trout angling has picked up a little. Three subjects were found to be angling for trout without licenses or stamps. Enforcement action was taken. Time was also spent checking beaver trappers, ATV?s and a few shed hunters. An incidental otter was also turned in by a beaver trapper.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking open water angling activity. Most of the ice fishing has come to an end in the area. One avid ice angler attempted to get in some last minute ice fishing by using his plane to land on the last lake in the area with ice on it. He was able to land successfully but in his attempt to take off his plane broke through the ice and he had to have it removed by a towing company. Luckily no one was injured in the incident. The weekend was spent checking angling activity on the Mississippi River. Hundreds of boats were out in the area and numerous limits of fish were seen being taken. Some fishing and boating violations were detected

Rochester #2 - vacant.