District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement on the Mississippi River as many of the backwaters became ice free although ice still is present on lake Pepin. He also attended a meeting at Camp Ripley in reference to upcoming training and the academy. Finally, he worked a very busy but sloppy opening weekend of trout fishing in the southeast and closed out a trapping investigation.

CO Phil George (Rochester) spoke with an ATV safety class and checked anglers during the opening weekend of the trout season. Officer George worked checking boaters and anglers on the Mississippi River with some boating violations detected.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fishermen had a good week fishing on the river. Trout opener, even with rainy weekend, was successful. There were many fishermen with limits.
Area streams were in great shape. Remember, if the DNR doesn?t have an easement along a stream then you need to have permission from the landowner. Just because a car is parked along a stream doesn?t give everyone permission to fish. Turkeys are slowly showing up in traditional strutting areas.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working a busy trout opener. Fishing was fair to good as most anglers had some trout on the stringer. Rainbows were the most common along with a few brown trout as well. Violations encountered were over-limit of trout, possess illegal length trout (slot limit), no license in possession and no trout stamp. CO Boyum also answered calls reference the upcoming turkey season. A trespass call was also investigated.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a busy trout opener but the weather made for less people and less fish caught than usual. He responded to complaints of ATV?s operating on a closed ATV trail and in a different location an ATV operating on a closed snowmobile trail. He received a call from a person asking about taking his four-year-old turkey hunting. Hemker asked about the young hunter?s ability to use a gun and the proud father explained he was really almost five-years-old. Hemker also attended a Winona County meeting for township representatives and discussed DNR issues.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked trout anglers over the weekend. The rain muddied up most streams and slowed the fishing down. Anglers were still finding fish on a few of the streams that were pretty clear.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week and weekend checking angling activity. Trout anglers did well with numerous limits of trout seen in the bag. River fishing success has slowed a little. Some fishing and boating violations were detected.

Rochester #2 - vacant.