District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-05-19


CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fawns started showing up this past weekend. Please leave them alone. The doe may not come back until sunset. River fishing is slowly picking up. Bluegills have not spawned. He received several complaints of morel trespassers. He investigated an ATV trespass complaint. Enforcement included transport boat without removing drain plug and no registration on an ATV.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing enforcement on the big river during this week as well as assisting with enforcement efforts on the St. Croix. Another investigation was completed with charges filed and a vehicle trespass issue was addressed. Fishing has remained good on the river with mainly panfish, bass and northern checked this week. Finally, some division training was attended.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports many nuisance and baby animal calls and questions. One person, after finding a dead hen mallard, dropped several ducklings at the county courthouse and explained her frustration with the drake mallard not talking care of the brood. Fishing in the area continues to be relatively slow, turkey hunting is hit and miss, but the mushrooms were out, which had many people in the woods. He did receive trespass complaints.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and rec vehicles during the week. Fishing success was good for some with a number of tournaments being held over the weekend. Heyn also attended training and handled wetland calls.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking watercraft users and anglers. Officer George attended a FFA trap shooting invitational where over 100 kids took part. Enforcement action was taken for over limit of crappie and failing to release a bass along with various boating issues.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking fishing and ATV complaint areas. Fishing success in the area has been pretty slow. Time was also spent checking commercial fishing activity. Turkey hunters are having a tough time locating birds. Some ATV violations were detected.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working ATV state trails. Violations encountered were illegal operation of OHM?s on an ATV trail, unregistered ATV and illegal operation on highway. Time was also spent checking a few turkey hunters. Hunting has been tough as the toms are not responding well according to hunters. Trout fishing has also been difficult with the low water levels.

Rochester #2 - vacant.