Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that fishing slowed down with the rainy weather. Litter continues to be a problem along area shorelines and violators can expect a citation. The officer also spent time working AIS and boating enforcement.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) checked anglers, boaters, and ATV?s throughout the week. An aquatic invasive species detail was worked over the weekend at Wood Lake which showed good compliance with AIS laws. Enforcement action included fishing without a license and no State Park permit. A nuisance beaver permit was also issued.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers. Seemingly constant rain showers have slowed angling pressure and changed productivity on area lakes. With correct tactics, some lakes are still producing walleye and perch. The Lake Shetek Walleye Tournament registered 57 boats with the top team weighing four walleye. Sick, injured, orphaned, and nuisance wildlife calls have ramped-up in the last week.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time attending a furbearer committee meeting. Officer Gutzwiller also had the opportunity to speak to the Lac qui Parle summer fishing league at Milan Resort. Information on angling regulations, AIS rules, and boat and water safety equipment was discussed.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports working primarily fishing and AIS enforcement during the week. The officer talked with boaters about AIS laws and patrolled for AIS violations. The officer assisted a neighboring officer with an illegal fishing investigation as well.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, ATV, boating, and commercial minnow dealer activity during the week. Recent cold fronts have made the bite tougher for anglers on local lakes. Good compliance was seen.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, AIS, state park, and ATV enforcement. A good walleye bite continued until mid-week when heavy rains slowed the walleye bite and fishing activity. Over five inches of rain has fallen in spots. As a result of the heavy rains, some public access docks are partially under water so please use caution. Assistance was also given with Tracy?s firearm safety field day.

Lake Benton vacant.

Worthington vacant.