Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2017-06-26

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) spent time throughout the week checking fishermen, watercraft, and ATV?s. Fishing activity is slow due to high water levels along the Minnesota River.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio interview with KLOH Radio in Pipestone. Fishing, boating, ATV, state park, and AIS were the main enforcement focuses. A ?Fishing Has No Boundaries? event was attended on Cottonwood Lake. A special thanks to the Cottonwood Sportsmen?s Club for putting the event on. Cooler than normal temperatures and high winds slowed recreational boating/PWC activity during the week.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports working OHV and fishing enforcement. Numerous wildlife and OHV regulation questions were fielded and the officer continued to receive OHV complaints in the OHV Park. Enforcement action was taken for OHV registration violations and allowing illegal ATV operation by a juvenile.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers, working boating safety, and enforcing invasive species laws. An invasive species detail was worked at Lake Shetek. Good weather has brought outdoor recreationists out in large numbers.

Officer Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent the week working angling activity and boat and water enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for license issues. Officer Gutzwiller continued to follow up with ongoing investigations. Assistance was provided to Lac qui Parle Sheriff?s Office.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reported that cat fishermen are having the best luck fishing in the area. Litter continues to be a focus as trash is being left behind at popular shore fishing areas. Assistance was given to Lac qui Parle County.

Lake Benton vacant.

Worthington vacant.