District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2018-04-23

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers and ATV operators during the week. He patrolled WMAs and waterfowl production areas and responded to a TIP complaint.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused his activity on angling and spring turkey enforcement. Henke encountered individuals fishing with no license, snagging fish, and littering. Henke reports one individual was cited for taking northern pike during the closed season and angling with no license after he was observed walking down Main Street in Albert Lea holding a large pike he had just caught. A concerned citizen who was also an Albert Lea Police Department officer provided information on the suspect, who was later located and cited for the violations.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, turkey hunters, ATV and snowmobile operators. Ihnen patrolled area WMAs, WPAs, and public water accesses for litter and other violations. Additional time was spent checking spring beaver trappers.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports the turkey season got off to a snowy start. Snow has been melting quickly in recent days, so turkey hunting is starting to look more ?normal.? The St. Peter trout ponds are seeing increased activity. ATV riders are reminded that road ditches in the Agricultural Zone are closed to recreational riding until Aug. 1.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato #2) attended division training this past week. Time was spent checking turkey hunters throughout the area. He also checked several shore anglers along the Minnesota River as folks patiently wait for the ice to clear off the lakes. Wiebusch also looked into a burning complaint.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato #1) focused on fishing and ATV activity. Panfish are still being caught through the ice on area lakes. Anglers have started to fish the river and are managing to get a few rough fish and some channel cats.

Faribault vacant.

Spring Valley vacant.