Last updated: 2017-04-24
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) worked the border water opener over the weekend where anglers reported having limited success. Fishing activity is picking up along the Minnesota River with many catfish observed in possession. Enforcement action for the week included possession of walleye in a closed season, extra lines, and ATV violations. CO Dirks also spoke at firearms safety classes in Belview and Vesta.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked many anglers in boats and on shore during a busy walleye opener on Big Stone Lake. Many anglers enjoyed good weather and calm water and had moderate success, but all said it was great to be fishing. Angling and boating violations were encountered.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVs and anglers. Several complaints were received about anglers rigged-up or fishing for walleye and northerns. Enforcement action was taken for angling walleye out of season, angling northern out of season, and no angling license.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time monitoring ATV, turkey hunting, and angling activity over the South Dakota/Minnesota border water opener. Officer Gutzwiller taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms safety class held in Canby. Enforcement action was taken for operating a Class 1 ATV on public highway and operate ATV without required headlight. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with a search warrant.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted weekly radio interview with KLOH Radio in Pipestone. The MN/SD border water opener was busy on Lake Hendricks with the public accesses full. The walleye bite was slow but some nice walleye were caught. Most of the violations encountered dealt with life jacket and license issues. Rain during the middle of the week brought up the water level on the Redwood River which has added a challenge for trout fishermen fishing the designated stream inside Camden SP. Additional time was also spent working spring turkey hunting, fish run, and beaver trapping enforcement.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted with patrolling Big Stone Lake for opener. A reminder to check your boat to make sure you have sufficient life jackets. Overall, good compliance was noticed on boats traveling on roads with the plug pulled. Area firearm safety classes were attended.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports working boating, angling, and turkey hunting activity. The officer investigated a report of prohibited materials being burned and a trespass complaint. The officer also worked the border water opener. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials, fail to comply with permit conditions, trespass, transporting illegally taken wild animals, fail to tag turkey, over limit of turkey, and operate ATV on state highway.
Lake Benton- Vacant
Lake Benton vacant.