District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2016-02-02

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) received a complaint of a red snowmobile and a black truck chasing coyotes on Artichoke Lake. The officer believes the suspects may have been participating in a local coyote hunting contest. It is a violation of state law to chase any wild animal with a snowmobile, including unprotected species such as coyotes.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) completed FTO and began work in the Madison station. The officer followed up on numerous open investigations. Anglers were checked on area lakes/river which reported good fishing activity. Officers in the area would like to remind the public to be careful when venturing out onto the ice, and to stay away from areas of open water. Ice conditions remain spotty in some areas with the warm weather. Enforcement action taken included license and stamp issues.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports that the unseasonably warm temperatures during the week caused problems for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowmobile trail conditions have become poor with a lot of bare ground showing. Ice fishermen are dealing with plenty of slush on area lakes so extreme caution is urged. Coyote hunters continue to try their luck, but white fields have turned brown which is making things more challenging. Initial aeration system inspections were conducted on three systems that were started in Lyon County. The lakes with aeration systems running are Goose, Lady Slipper, and Cottonwood. Assistance was given with a fishing tournament on Lake Benton.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) monitored coyote hunting, ice fishing, and ATV activity. A trespass complaint was received of ATV?s operating on private property. Signs that ATV?s had been operating on snowmobile trails and through WMAs were observed. ATV operators are reminded that they cannot operate on snowmobile trails from December 1 April 1, or on a WMA. Enforcement action was also taken after observing a youth passenger on an ATV without a helmet. Helmets are required for passengers or operators on an ATV if under the age of 18.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville): Monitored ATV, ice fishing, predator hunting and snowmobiling activity during the week. This officer continues to pick up litter left by ice anglers. Many anglers have voiced their frustration regarding all of the litter left on the ice. Aeration inspections were completed on local lakes. This officer would like to remind the public that fish houses are not allowed to be stored at public accesses. Angling violations were encountered.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH Radio. Anglers were very active in the area with the warm temperatures throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken on licenses not in possession and registration violations on both snowmobiles and ATVs.

Benson - vacant.

Madison - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.