District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports receiving a call from a subject mushroom hunting stating he found a cooler in the woods full of trout. CO Chihak and CO Boyum watched the cooler until a vehicle showed up later in the day. Four subjects were later found to be over limit on trout. Enforcement action was taken. Other violations encountered were no license in possession and over limit of trout.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement along with returning calls and questions regarding baby animals out in the spring. Fishing has improved on Lake Pepin with limits being taken in spots. Recreational vehicle and a minnow dealer issue were also addressed.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers and watercraft operators. Officer George took a complaint of ATV?s in the road ditch. Enforcement action was taken for various boating violations, ATV violation, and angling without a license.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports turkey hunters and trout fishermen had some success. The Big River fishing is a bit slow. Everyone is waiting for the bluegill bite to take off. Boaters had a great first day of the holiday weekend before the rain started. Morels are coming to an end. He spent time training on a new computer and equipment.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the baby and nuisance animal calls continue. Two fawns were reported in the middle of town in a school garden. The fishing in the area was heavy with very slow success. Turkey hunting was winding down with not many hunters still out. Hemker also investigated trespass related to hunting and mushrooms. There was heavy ATV use in the area over the holiday weekend.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time this past week and weekend checking invasive species, ATV, forestry, boating and fishing activity. The river has come up in the area and there is a lot of debris floating in it. Most fishing success has been pretty slow with the exception of white bass. When the weather was nice over the weekend the activity was high. Baby animal calls continue to come in. Some fishing and boating violations were detected.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and rec vehicles during the week. Lots of people were out for the beginning of the holiday weekend before the rain. Various violations were encountered for fishing and the rec vehicles, including DWI.