District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-08-04

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking trout anglers on area trout streams. Success varied. CO Boyum also spoke with multiple bowhunters out starting to scout and place stands.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and rec vehicles during the week. Several people were contacted operating illegally on the roadway. Heyn also spoke to a FAS class and taught ATV/ORV laws to local law enforcement officers.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending the week checking fishing, boating, AIS, and ATVs. He investigated fishing, littering and ATV complaints. Hemker had a person on a bicycle approach him to tell him while he was riding on the bike path he had hit and killed a duck. He said he took it home and buried it. He wanted CO Hemker?s card just in case it happened again, but hoped it would not because he planned to get his brakes fixed. Hemker also went to Aitkin County for court.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers, watercraft users, and ATV operators. Officer George took a TIP call of an over limit of trout and a complaint from a homeowner of a wild turkey that flew through her front window into her office area. She chased it into a bathroom and locked the door where it expired from its injuries.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports bluegills and crappies are being caught in good numbers. Catfish, bass and trout fishermen an expect plenty of fish. He spent extra time at boat landing working invasive species enforcement. He picked up an injured eagle that was later transported to the raptor center.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working mainly fishing and boating enforcement on the big river as well finishing up some commercial investigations. Questions are beginning to come in with the release of the fall hunting regulation books. Some fishing and boating violations were documented.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking angling, boating and ATV activity. Fishing success remains low in the area with a few panfish being caught in limited areas. Time was also spent checking activity at state forest units.

Rochester #2 - vacant.