District 15 - Marshall areaLast updated: 2018-05-15
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVs and anglers. The opener seemed successful for many anglers. There were no real productive bites but several lakes and rivers were giving up a variety of fish. Turkey hunters have struggled in the recent rainy weather. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, extra lines, failure to release bass, and transporting live fish.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working commercial enforcement and angling activity over the fishing opener. Enforcement action was taken for license issues, trespassing, use of illegal minnows as bait, illegal-length northern pike and failure to have a legal lifesaving device aboard a watercraft. Gutzwiller also attended a firearms safety class in Porter.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, boating, OHV and turkey hunting activity during the week. Assistance was given at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. Numerous questions regarding the new northern pike zone regulations were answered. Angling violations were encountered.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week checking turkey hunters, bowfishermen, and anglers. He also investigated reports of walleyes and northern pike being taken out of season. Cool weather and misty conditions welcomed anglers for the fishing opener. Boat numbers were down from last year. Most of the enforcement issues dealt with boating safety and AIS violations. Bowfishermen are reminded that throwing bowed rough fish back in the water or up on shore is a violation. Assistance was given with an ATV class in Redwood Falls.
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) worked a busy fishing opener weekend despite poor weather conditions. The majority of boats and anglers checked had fish in possession. Enforcement action for the week included angling without a license, failure to remove boat drain plugs, taking fish by snagging, possession of illegal-length northern pike, northern pike overlimits, and littering violations. Dirks would like to again remind anglers to review the new northern pike regulations and bring a measuring board or tape along to measure fish.
Lake Benton vacant.
Redwood Falls - vacant.