District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a busy week of ice fishing with the nice weather. Some people were catching walleye and sauger on the river channel and panfish were being caught in the backwaters. People are reporting they are starting to find antlers.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the warm weather gave the trappers another good opportunity to get some active raccoons. Coyote hunters continue to have success with day time calling. All week the squirrels have been active which brought out some late season hunters. High numbers of ice fishermen with mixed success. He received a call concerning young turtles. LaCrescent PD assisted and discovered several young painted turtles had come out from their wintering area. The high temps along with the sun reflecting off the side of a building caused the ground to warm up and trigger the young turtles to get active.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Fishing success was slower for most. The river opened up quite a bit with the warmer weather allowing some to take out their boats. Heyn also checked into other complaints.

CO Phil George (Rochester) followed up on some cases from the deer season and checked anglers along with ATV and snowmobile operators. Several ATV and snowmobile violations detected along with angling with unattended lines.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking coyote hunters. Success has varied. Time was also spent on injured eagle calls and injured deer calls as well. Winter trout anglers were out with the warmer weather and doing well. Ice fishermen have been doing fair, but anglers added that they need to keep moving to find active fish.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week and weekend checking fishing activity. The nice weather on the weekend brought numerous anglers out. Time was also spent talking with the county attorney?s office on charges for a deer case and talking with safety instructors about upcoming classes.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working ice fishermen in the backwaters of the big river. Fishing activity has increased with the nice weather but the fishing success has been spotty. Some trapping activity is also taking place and the coyote hunters are still having some success. Finally some illegal deer information was investigated.

Rochester #2 - vacant.