District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2018-03-13

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers, snowmobile riders, and ATV operators. He followed up on issues related to fish house identification and license requirements.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time on area lakes working ice angling activity and ice shelter removal compliance. He completed aeration and commercial inspections. Vernier also talked about ice safety and AIS on a local radio show.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent a day at Camp Ripley for an EVOC meeting to prepare for the upcoming academy this year. Other time was spent checking area lakes to make sure fish houses were removed or that they were occupied. Klehr also checked on a complaint that rocks had been added to a dam in a creek in McLeod County.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received a hunting trespass report and investigated a fish house left at a public water access. He spent the majority of the week on fishing, snowmobile, predator hunting, and ATV activities. The panfish bite has been sporadic lately but some nice crappies have been caught.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a deer investigation worked with COs Wiebusch and VanThuyne resulted in gross misdemeanor charges. The case stemmed from a poaching incident in the Eagle Nest County Park in Watonwan County. Other enforcement action for the week was related to ice shelters not being removed prior to the March 5 deadline, and owners of ice shelters parking them/abandoning them at public water access locations. A public waters violation was taken and Miller also assisted the Redwood and Cottonwood county sheriff?s offices in locating a suicidal female.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) checked activity relating to fishing, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Angling activity has slowed, but a few anglers are still attempting to catch some perch and bluegill. Gruhlke observed eight Jack rabbits just north of the city of Jackson. It was fun to see.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) inspected commercial businesses. Anglers were checked with ice conditions remaining good. Predator hunting activity was monitored. Litter complaints were received where water was flowing.

Hutchinson East vacant.

Hutchinson West vacant.