District 13 - West Metro area

Last updated: 2018-05-23

CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) was busy patrolling the water bodies of Scott County. Several boaters were observed enjoying the 80+ degree weather. CO Fogarty observed a lawn service provider blowing leaves into Lower Prior Lake. Upon talking to the lawn service provider, he did not know he couldn?t place leaves and grass clippings into the lake. The lake service provider cleaned up his mess and was educated about the laws concerning filling a public water body. CO Fogarty took enforcement action on angling without a license, no boat registration and no lifejacket. Make sure to update your boat registration before coming to the lake. Boat registration can be picked up at your local DMV.

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports angling activity picking up after a slow start with opener, but fish are still hard to find. A TIP call of anglers keeping smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River was investigated and even though the suspect was not located another angler was found to be in possession of several smallmouth bass. Angler said he was practicing catch and release, but was simply keeping the bass in his dry bucket to take pictures. Enforcement action was also taken for failure to remove drain plug, insufficient personal floatation devices, and angling without a license.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked angler and boater activities in the metro area lakes. He patrolled Ft. Snelling State Park and talked to a group of Asian youth fishing in Hasting about fishing regulations. He returned phone call on harvesting lumbers on Mississippi River and followed up on AIS violation at Lake Nokomis.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for boating and angling activity. CO Maass also responded to several TIP calls about anglers keeping bass at the Coon Rapids Dam. Anglers are reminded that all bass are in a catch and release status at this time.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) primarily worked AIS and boat safety activity. The officer participated in an angling detail with other officers and spent time visiting with families at the Trista Days event. Enforcement action was taken for angling license violations, boat registration violations, and failure to remove drain plug before transporting watercraft.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and training with K9 Shelby. CO Grewe also fielded complaints of anglers keeping bass out of season and assisted with a protest in St. Paul. Violations this week included license issues.

Bloomington vacant.

Ft. Snelling vacant.