Last updated: 2017-02-13
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ice anglers and conducting investigations. Some lakes are producing nice perch and walleyes. Many anglers are removing shelters ahead of pending warm temperatures.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports focusing activity on littering and ice fishing enforcement. The officer spoke to a local fishing tournament on Lac Qui Parle about littering problems on the ice. Anglers reported moderate-good success over the weekend on area lakes. Enforcement action included unattended lines, unmarked ice houses, failure to display ATV registration, failure to purchase state park pass, and fishing license violations.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time this last week checking anglers and fielding numerous wildlife calls. Many anglers took advantage of the warm weather to put a line in the water. Enforcement action was taken for fishing license violations and angling with extra lines. Officer Gutzwiller also taught the laws and ethics portion of a firearms safety class held in Dawson.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored ATV, ice fishing, commercial minnow and trapping activity during the week. A snowmobile safety class was taught in Ortonville. Angling violations were encountered.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) reports time was spent checking ice anglers, coyote hunters, and completing aeration inspections. A local coyote tournament produced a few coyotes even though hunting conditions were tough. Enforcement action was taken for driving a motor vehicle within the restricted portion of a WMA.
Lake Benton vacant.