District 18 - Rochester area
Last updated: 2016-10-17
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and COC report very good hunting and fishing as the river drops. Two fishermen reported over 150 bass in one day. One fisherman said he was leaving because he was sick of catching fish. Three duck hunters had 18 ducks in less than one hour. The officers also assisted Winona County Sheriff?s Office search for a lost person. They continue to investigate a trespass complaint.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports a busy weekend. Pheasant hunters were out with limited success. No birds were seen in the bags of about a dozen hunters checked. However, most hunters stated they flushed birds; either hens or out of range roosters. Waterfowl hunters did well on the second opener. Both divers and pothole ducks were seen in the bag. A trespass case was investigated resulting in multiple citations as a subject was taking raccoon out of season.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy opening weekend of the second duck season on the big river. Ducks were fast and furious on Saturday with several limits checked but slowed down quite a bit on Sunday. The perch fishermen are also doing well but the size appears to be down a little so far. Several trespass and big game investigation were also initiated. Enforcement action included some license, equipment and safety equipment issues.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters during the week. Duck hunting success was good for the reopener with limits and over limits seen taken. Officer Heyn also attended meetings and handled other calls.
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked anglers, ATV operators, and hunting issues throughout the week. Officer George also took complaints of hunters hunting too close to other properties, suspicious dead deer, and many hunting and license related questions. Enforcement for the week included angling without a license and ATV related issues.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week checking small game, turkey, and archery hunters. CO Seamans also checked waterfowl hunters and anglers. Waterfowl hunters had good harvest numbers for geese. More and more geese continue to move into the area. Enforcement action for the week included various license related violations, possession of lead shot while waterfowl hunting, and taking squirrels in a closed area.
Red Wing vacant.