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Regulations, rules, training

District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2017-01-23

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. The warmer weather brought out a number of anglers on trout streams and the river.

CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) spent the week checking ice anglers. Fishing activity has been spotty on the Mississippi. In most places there are several inches of water on top of the ice. If you choose to travel on the ice, use some type of ice cleat.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) worked ice anglers on Lake Byllesby, Lake Zumbro, and a few Rochester reservoirs. A reminder to anglers: make sure all ATVs and snowmobiles are properly registered before operating them on public waters. CO Hill assisted Goodhue CO and Zumbrota PD in apprehending a wanted suspect from Ramsey County. He also worked a snowmobile trespass complaint. CO Hill took enforcement action for no license in possession, fail to display ATV registration, and operate an ATV within the seven-county metro area.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week checking area fishermen. Success was seen at many of the area fishing spots though warmer temperatures and rain were quickly deteriorating the ice and many anglers were in the process of removing their ice houses. An injured deer complaint as well as a bobcat call were followed up on. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession and failure to display ATV registration as required.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) saw boats and motorcycles out during the week. The area snowmobile trails are no longer open and the ice on the river has become flooded and in poor condition in areas. He responded to a complaint of a car stuck in a WMA. CO Hemker checked predator hunters that were having success and had several injured and nuisance wildlife calls.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) continues to answer questions and concerns over the CWD hunt and shooting permits. Time was spent at a youth fishing event in St Charles. Over 40 kids attended and over 50 fish were caught. The warm weather made it easy to stay out. Although it was a little sloppy, the kids had a good time. Special thanks to all of the people that helped out and put on the event. Coyote hunters are reporting seeing good numbers of coyotes both calling and spotting. Trout anglers were out in good numbers over the warm up and having good success.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports ice fishermen on the Backwater of the Mississippi River finding a variety of success. Limits of perch were found in some areas with a few crappies mixed in and other areas only producing small sunfish. The snowmobile activity is all but over until the area receives some more snow but has been replaced with a fair amount of ATV operation. Enforcement action involved mainly license and registration issues.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week checking ice anglers. Additional efforts were spent following up on trespass complaints. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license in possession, unlawfully importing hunter harvested deer from out of state, and trespassing. CO Seamans was checking ice anglers at Foster Arend Lake when a nearby angler fell through the ice. Thankfully, the angler was able to pull himself out of the water. CO Seamans helped remove the partially submerged portable shelter. Remember, ice is never safe!